NATRONA COUNTY, WY – Martin Eichers, a college sophomore from Delano, was among three North Dakota State University students and one NDSU staff member who came to the aid of two individuals involved in a crash in rural Wyoming Wednesday evening.
Students and staff were returning from a class trip to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California when they came upon the crash.
They aided the driver and passenger of the vehicle until emergency personnel arrived.
According to the students and staff member, the driver and passenger were clearly shaken as they attempted to exit the vehicle, which was overturned and laying on its side.
As the crash victims attempted to exit their vehicle, the NDSU representatives helped them do so and fetched blankets and water as they waited for professional help in the form of deputies from the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters, and paramedics in two ambulances and a medical helicopter.
“I think it was definitely good that we stopped,” Eichers said. “It was 10 or 20 minutes, until the next car passed. They were trying to climb out on their own. They probably would have injured themselves without help.”
Eichers was joined by NDSU computer science staff member Benjamin Kading, and fellow students Terrance Hanlon, and Evan Wurden.
“It was pretty natural. Everyone jumped out right away,” said Hanlon. “I’m glad we were there. We are all relieved that the situation is resolved. I think most people would have done what we did in the situation.”
The students were part of two teams that had worked on projects with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory through the course of the year and had traveled to JPL to meet with their JPL mentors, as well as to tour the laboratory.
They received praise from their advisor for their quick thinking.
“The student response was incredible,” said NDSU computer science assitant professor Jeremy Straub, who accompanied the students on the trip. “Ben’s and the students’ leadership in the situation was unparalleled. It really speaks to the high capabilities and strong values of NDSU’s students.”