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    Post Off-Duty Las Vegas Capt. Seriously Injured

    LAS VEGAS FIRE & RESCUE
    DATE/TIME: 091800/1500PDT
    RELEASE: 00-119

    OFF DUTY LAS VEGAS FIRE CAPTAIN IS CRITICALLY INJURED IN AUTO CRASH

    An off duty Las Vegas Fire Captain was critically injured in auto crash late Sunday night, ironically it was the crew that he works with each day at the fire station that responded to accident and had to notify his wife that he was critically injured. He is listed in very critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit in the Trauma Unit at UMC.

    The accident occurred at approximately 9:00PM at the intersection of Alta Ave & Cimarron Road, which is a four-way stop. As Captain Nathan Pechacek, 40 who had taken the day off, cross through the intersection after stopping, he was allegedly broad sided by another vehicle. The impact caused his Ford Explorer to flip on its side, slide along the street and crash into a parked car. Firefighters from Fire Station Two (at Durango & W. Charleston) responded to the call, not aware that it was their Captain involved in the wreck. When they arrived on the scene, they recognized his car and had to remove the windshield to get the Captain out. They called his wife at home and told her to meet them at UMC Trauma. There were two other minor injuries as a result of the accident; no one was in the Captain's car.

    He was taken to the Trauma unit suffering from numerous internal injuries. He spent a number of hours in surgery during the night and was admitted to the Intensive Critical Care Unit. He suffered a number of internal injuries and is listed in critical condition.

    Captain Pechacek is a 15-year veteran of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. His father is a 23 year retired member of the department and his brother-in-law is a firefighter with Clark County Fire Department. He is married and has a daughter 14 and son 8.

    Firefighters and family members stayed at the hospital all night. At 10:00AM, Monday a mobile command post was set up in front of the Trauma Unit at UMC for the numerous firefighters and family members to meet and have a place to rest.

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    ACCOUNT SET UP FOR DONATIONS TO

    LAS VEGAS FIRE & RESCUE CAPTAIN

    NATHAN L. PECHACEK

    The Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association has set up an account for donations for Captain Nathan L. Pechacek who critically injured in a motor vehicle accident late Sunday night near his home. As of 11:00AM Tuesday the Captain remains in critical, but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the Trauma Unit at UMC. He has a number of extensive internal injuries.

    He sustained a head injury, he has a broken neck, all of the ribs on his left side are fractured, his collar bone is fractured, he has a collapsed lung, his diaphragm was ruptured, the lining around his heart was ruptured, his pancreas was bruised, his spleen had to be removed, he has nerve damage in his left arm and he lost a significant amount of blood. He spent most of Sunday night in surgery. He is currently in an induced coma, which permits his body to slow down and permit it to concentrate on healing and a special brace was put on him last night to deal with the neck injury. He underwent a number of extensive tests yesterday and they appeared to be positive. His vital signs are good. Late Tuesday morning he was able to move his finger and toes, which is a positive indication.

    Captain Pechacek sustained his injuries after the vehicle his was driving, was struck broadside in the driver's door at a four-way stop at Cimarron Road & Alta Avenue at 9:53PM, Sunday night. In a media released issued by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police on Monday morning, Dorin Geba, 33 of Las Vegas was driving eastbound on Alta at a high rate of speed and struck Captain Pechacek's car after the Captain stopped at the intersection and then proceeded through. Geba was given a field sobriety test on scene and failed the test, according to Metro. He was arrested and booked on Felony DUI, with Substantial Bodily Harm.

    To help with the many expected medical expenses and a substantial rehabilitation program; the Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association is accepting donations. Donations can be made at any:

    WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK

    c/o NATHAN PECHACEK

    Account Number: 387-601193-8

    Donations are also being accepted at the LVFR Command Post in front of the UMC Trauma Unit.

    LVFR/PIO-TRS

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    LAS VEGAS FIRE & RESCUE
    DATE/TIME: 092000/1300PDT
    RELEASE: 00-123

    CIVILIAN HERO WHO HELPED CAPTAIN PECHACEK AFTER AUTO CRASH

    TO MEET FIREFIGHTERS AT COMMAND POST THIS AFTERNOON

    A civilian hero, who assisted in saving the life of off-duty Captain Nathan Pechacek, will get a chance to meet with firefighters this afternoon at the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Command Post where firefighters can thank him.

    Roy Thomas, 29, of Las Vegas was attending a near-by bar-be-que when he heard the crash and sliding metal. He said he then heard people screaming and he ran from a house near the intersection of Alta and Cimarron to see one car sitting on its side. He said a number of people told him someone was inside and they wanted to upright the car. Thomas told them to leave the car alone, that he was a former Navy Corpsman (paramedic). He then crawled into the car and found Pechacek badly injured and not breathing. He said the Captain's mouth was full of glass and blood. He swept the glass and blood out with his fingers and repositioned the Captain's head so he could start breathing again. He said people were wanting to pull the Captain out and Thomas told by-standers that it was essential for him to keep his neck from moving until rescuers arrived, which was a few minutes later. After firefighters and paramedics took over, Thomas quietly left the scene to clean up, before firefighters had a chance to thank him. They'll get that chance later this afternoon.

    MEDIA NOTE: Roy Thomas will meet with firefighters at 5:30PM. He has agreed to be interviewed by the media, provided they are coordinated through the Public Information Officer Tim Szymanski who can be reached at 229-5911.

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    LAS VEGAS FIRE & RESCUE
    DATE/TIME: 100300/0600PDT
    RELEASE: 00-127

    MAN WHO HELPED TO SAVE FIRE CAPTAIN'S LIFE TO RECEIVE CITY MEDAL OF HONOR ON WEDNESDAY

    The man who crawled into an overturned car to help save the life of an
    off-duty Las Vegas Fire Captain, will receive the City's Medal of Honor at
    the beginning of the Las Vegas City Council meeting on Wednesday morning.
    Roy Thomas, 29, was attending a company bar-be-que in the backyard of
    house at the intersection of Alta & Cimarron on Sunday, September 17th, when
    Captain Nathan Pechacek's Ford Explorer was broad sided by a drunk driver.
    Thomas ran to the scene and crawled into Pechacek's car, sitting on its side,
    to find him badly injured and not breathing. In addition, by-standers were
    attempting to upright the car, which could have caused further injury to the
    fire captain. Thomas took charge of the scene and administered emergency
    first aid, which got Pechacek breathing again. Thomas remained in the car,
    supporting Pechacek's broken neck until rescuers arrived on the scene.
    Thomas is a former Navy Corpsman (Paramedic) and a sales associate for
    Ultimate Electronics. Some media accounts indicated that the drunk driver,
    Dorin Geba and Thomas were at the same party prior to the accident, this IS
    FALSE.

    WHAT: Mayor & City Council to give City's Medal of Honor
    WHEN: WEDNESDAY, September 4, 2000 / 9:00AM
    WHERE: Council Chambers, Las Vegas City Hall
    WHO: Mayor & Council and Mr. Roy Thomas-rescuer

    MEDIA NOTE: Roy Thomas will be available for interviews AFTER the ceremony,
    outside the Council Chambers.

    LVFR/PIO-TRS

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