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DOC Nurse Jumps to the Rescue at Ice Carving Championships

After work on Wednesday, March 1st, Alaska Department of Corrections Health & Rehabilitation Services staff decided to go check out the 2017 BP World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks.

As they stopped to watch a carver use a chainsaw to put the finishing touches on a giant ice sculpture that was about 10 feet high, the vibrations from the chainsaw caused the entire structure to collapse on top of him and he was struck in the head by one of the pieces of falling ice.

Before anyone else could move Director of Nursing Kim Culross was at his side quickly assessing his injuries and talking with him to keep him calm while others called for EMS. The other carvers on his team estimated that the chunk that hit him in the head weighed about 100 pounds. Thankfully, it sounds like he is going to be ok but we are so proud of Nurse Culross who didn’t hesitate to jump in and take charge of a scary situation.

Thank you Kim! We appreciate one of DOC’s finest.

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