July 19, 2015

Providence Hospitals nurse honored for act of heroism

Last May, Kelly Winters was on his way to work as a senior charge nurse in the cardiac intensive care unit at Providence Hospitals when he was involved in an accident on Interstate 26 near Columbia, South Carolina. The accident involved eight vehicles, a gasoline tanker and a tractor trailer. The driver of the tanker was trapped, so Winters ran to the fiery vehicle and bent the front windshield so the driver could get out. Recently, the South Carolina State Guard honored Winters for his actions during the fiery crash, presenting him with the Francis Marion Swamp Box Award for heroism.

“I was totally concentrated on how to get her out of that vehicle. That was the only thing running in my mind,” Winters said. “First, pull her out. When I couldn't do that I had to go to plan B, which was break the window and get her out that way. I didn't have time to think about anything else other than how to get her out of there.”

Winters’ story was featured in several news outlets, including WIS-TV.

Providence Hospitals, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, also celebrated Winters and his award from the South Carolina State Guard.

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