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USA Medical Center holds "Night Honoring Heroes"

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Jim Crum shakes hands with the flight paramedic who helped get him to USA Medical Center after being crushed by a tree this summer. Source: Lee Peck, FOX 10 News Jim Crum shakes hands with the flight paramedic who helped get him to USA Medical Center after being crushed by a tree this summer. Source: Lee Peck, FOX 10 News
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

Amid the drinks and celebration are the unsung heroes of USA Medical Center. From helicopter pilots to trauma surgeons to local EMS teams, Tuesday night's gala honored more than 40 local first responders for the countless lives they've saved. 

As the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the Mobile area, USA Medical Center sees the worst of the worst cases. 

"So finally we are taking that pause… bringing them all together and letting the patient see them face to face… in a time that is not trauma. So they can thank and acknowledge each other and as well all of us so we can acknowledge all the great things they do for us every day here," said Sam Dean, USA Medical Center Administrator. 

The hospital is also celebrating two of its success stories, including Saraland Police Officer Jackie Tucker, who was shot in the head in the line of duty. Still recovering, her husband - Mobile Police Officer Aaron Tucker - was there to thank the staff.  

"They took care of my wife very well… and looking at it from a law enforcement side before the incident with my wife - I knew the work that they do, but experiencing it myself - they do a good job! They did a wonderful job," said Tucker. 

Patient Jim Crum is a walking miracle.  

"They brought me back to life - literally - because I was dead when I came in here," Crum. 

Working in his yard in Mississippi, Crum was crushed this summer in a tree-trimming accident. His prognosis wasn't good.  

"I was out for two months… I came back to life two months later… I went into a coma when I got to Mobile for 9 days and they were debating not to cut me loose. My wife said no - he'll make it. They said there's no way he'll make it -- he's lost too much blood and oxygen," said Crum. 

Like Officer Tucker -- he's a fighter and surprised them all, even the flight paramedic who medicvacked him from Mississippi to USA Medical Center.   

"This is the first time I'm seeing him. I'm shocked. Super shocked. I was super happy to see him today. To see him walking. I see he uses the cane a little bit, but for most part he hasn't even used and I was super shocked," said Chad Asher, Flight Paramedic.  
 
It's a humbling experience for these every day heroes.  

"I like a challenge and it's very special to be able to take care of people who come in with such severe injuries and be able to see them walk out of our unit and come back and see us and you can't tell they were ever in an accident," said Noelle Davis, USA Nurse Practitioner in Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit. 

The inaugural event included a reception and dinner. The University of South Alabama Foundation was the title sponsor for the event, which will benefit USA Medical Center's Level 1 Trauma Center. 

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