Chugiak first responder thankful for community support after snowboarding accident

A Chugiak first responder who’s used to rescuing other people found himself on the other side of an accident last week.

Peter Casey works as a flight paramedic for LifeMed Alaska and helps out with Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue. In his free time, the lifelong Alaskan enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family. But on Feb. 21, all of that was put in danger when a fun day of snowboarding at Alyeska went wrong.

“When I landed, I just felt this crack in my neck. I felt and heard (it), it was like an audible crack,” said Casey. He explained that he hit something unexpectedly, which flung him several feet before he landed on his head.

His medical background told him something was broken, but no one came by to help him. Casey had to make the scary decision to move to a place where he could flag down help.

Ski patrol, Girdwood fire, and other LifeMed responders got him stabilized and on his way to the…

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