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Volunteering leads to a saving moment!
History of Sgt. Cody Kilduff, Powderhorn Public Affairs Task Force
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – What started as a way out of the house with a future, turned into three years of defending the country through different types of missions.
SPC. Stephen Prochniak, a military police officer with the 972nd Military Police Company, is one of the Massachusetts National Guard members currently activated to help address personnel shortages across the Commonwealth to combat COVID-19 . He is currently assigned to Lowell General Hospital in a non-clinical staff position.
“It involved general technician work, refurbishing rooms, helping with storage and assisting patients with transportation,” Prochniak said.
During one of his shifts, Prochniak helped medical staff resuscitate an unconscious patient after following the nurse he was assisting that day. He backed away looking at the doctors until one of them asked him if he knew about CPR. When he said he did, Prochniak went back and forth with doctors who gave him chest compressions several times until the patient’s pulse was found.
“I relieved one of the doctors and started doing compressions for about two and a half minutes,” Prochniak said. “During the last time they checked the pulse and found it. I was a very small part of the team, real heroes who do this stuff every day.
“I’m happy to help and being able to work with them and see what they do every day like they have for the past two years has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” Prochniak said. “They all seem happy to have us, which is very nice. Whether it’s a smile or a hello, how are you today, it shows how grateful they are.
Prochniak began his National Guard career in Ohio before initiating an interstate transfer to Massachusetts.
After his transfer, Prochniak had the opportunity to work with the Massachusetts State Police at Logan International Airport, providing security and traffic control at the airport. He felt like this mission changed his career and gave him the opportunity to be a part of something big.
“Doing things in my community has really opened my eyes to what the Guard has to offer me,” Prochniak said. “Soon after, it became mission after, mission after mission, after mission. I realized that this is what I love doing and want to keep doing it.
Additionally, he was activated for assignments at the Boston Convention Center Field Hospital, Operation Capital Response, Operation Vigilant Peace, Department of Corrections, and Task Force Powderhorn.
“Every mission I’ve been on has been a new experience, something amazing, often,” Prochniak said. “Every time they say, hey, there’s a mission, I’ll be the first to say, yeah let’s go.”
Even though Prochniak was trained as a military policeman, he still volunteers for non-law enforcement opportunities.
“I never really imagined that I would be working in the medical field,” Prochniak said. “I still can’t believe it, but I’m trying to see it as something new, something exciting, that I wouldn’t have done anyway otherwise and it’s an opportunity for me to ‘learn and see things.’
During his current stay, he thinks he would like to stay as long as his body can.
“If you asked me what I know now, would I do it again,” Prochniak said. “I wouldn’t even think about it, I would sign the papers.”
|Date posted:||13.01.2022 18:38|
|Site:||HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, MA, USA|
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