Nurse receives Life Saving Award from the Nevada Highway Patrol |

Nurse receives Life Saving Award from the Nevada Highway Patrol

Provided to the TribuneNevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen speaks at an award ceremony for Dolly Tillman and Pierce Ackerman on Friday in Reno.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Dolly Tillman was traveling from Burning Man on Labor Day weekend in 2009 when she saw a cluster of cars jammed about 20 miles south of Gerlach.

The jam was caused by a white 2003 Subaru wagon that was traveling south on the two-lane highway and rolled over several times.

Inside the Subaru was Charles P. Murray, of Glendale, Calif., who sustained life-threatening injuries from the accident.

Tillman, a South Lake Tahoe resident who is also a registered nurse, worked with Pierce Ackerman, a firefighter with the Folsom, Calif., Fire Department, to help save Murray’s life.

With limited supplies, Tillman and Ackerman built a splint out of a cardboard box for Murray’s arm, which was bleeding profusely. They also elevated his arm to slow the bleeding.

For their “above and beyond” actions, the Nevada Highway Patrol awarded Tillman and Ackerman the Life Saving Award.

“The remote location and desert conditions were not conducive to adequate medical assistance,” said NHP Trooper Chuck Allen during the award ceremony Friday in Reno. “Without the unselfish, hasty responses and medical aid provided by Mrs. Tillman and Mr. Ackerman, Mr. Murray may not have survived this accident.”

The NHP awards the Life Saving Awards to recognize courageous behaviors by ordinary citizens.

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