Chris Tranter and James Wyatt are students at GHC-Cartersville. But they are also military veterans. And their experience and training in the service served them well recently when they were traveling to the Student Veterans of American conference in Orlando. Tranter, who is president, and Wyatt, who is vice president of the SVA club at GHC, were riding on I-75 on their way to Orlando when they witnessed a one-car accident.
The car veered off the road, the driver over-corrected, veered into the median and went into an airborne spin. Suddenly, the two vets saw something fly out of a passenger window. The car came to a stop on the side of the road. It was occupied by a family of about five people who were dazed. Wyatt saw something lying in the middle of the Interstate. Traffic, of course, had come to a complete stop. He walked toward the unidentified object in the road only to discover an unconscious female. She was the object who had been thrown from the car. Tranter and Wyatt happened to be the perfect team to deal with the emergency.
Wyatt had served while a sergeant in the Army as a combat life saver and served in Afghanistan, so he saw some of the worst kind of injuries. He’s calm in an emergency, and he knew what to do. So did Tranter. He had been a driver in the Marines, also in Afghanistan. Tranter knows how to be prepared – to a degree that most people would find daunting. So he set up flares, which he raided from his emergency supplies, while Wyatt tended to the injured woman, calming her when she returned to consciousness, stabilizing her as best he could and not allowing her to move until the EMCs arrived.
The family whose car had been involved couldn’t thank these two competent young men enough. But like the veterans we see returning every day from the battlefields of the Middle East, they shrugged off the labels of heroes of the moment to insist that they were merely doing what anyone else would have done. Whether that is true or not is subjective conjecture, but what is true is that they are the best possible representatives of Georgia Highlands College.