- Associated Press - Sunday, August 3, 2014

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (AP) - The drive home was really an afterthought.

As a part-time employee, Dylan David had done it several times after a 24-hour shift but this time was different.

He had just finished his first shift as a full-time paramedic for Texas EMS in Granbury, the culmination of a goal that had been years in the making.

“For me it was all exciting,” Dylan told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1nFDpG7). “I kind of knew what to expect but it was all still new. It wasn’t at a fire department but it was a step in that direction.”

But shortly after that shift ended, his life would be upended.

Instead of helping others, Dylan found his life in the hands of someone else.

On the drive back to his Haltom City apartment, Dylan fell asleep at the wheel along U.S. 377 in Benbrook.

“I think I was asleep for that split second,” David said. “The road went right and I just went left going straight. I think I was out 10-15 seconds at the max.”

When he woke up, he was pinned inside his 2014 Ford Mustang.

The car had been pulverized by the crash with a southbound Isuzu box truck. Luckily, the occupants of the other vehicle weren’t seriously injured.

Dylan’s situation, however, was not good.

Two nurses who witnessed the crash - one on the way to work and another who was on vacation - stopped to help until firefighters and paramedics arrived.

As a trained paramedic, Dylan was trying to learn how badly he was hurt after paramedics arrived.

“I was asking them: ‘What’s my blood pressure? What medications are you giving me?’” Dylan said. “For me, knowing those things, I didn’t think I was really that bad.”

That initial sense of optimism would fade as the ambulance carried him to the hospital and he heard a paramedic radio ahead to the hospital about preparing for a “partial-amputation.”

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