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The Mayhem RG alluded to at the driver's meeting

Well I have just started my Citizens Fire Academy training (30 hrs of EMT, vehicle extrication, helicopter landing etc.) that will almost cover everything that happened this night, now if I can carry it out like these Marines did is another thing. However, if I get another chance to go to Baja I want to be prepared. How about you?

If you need some motivation watch this video from the family, if you haven't already.

http://www.photographybytiffanie.com/proofs/lambchristmas/james1.html
 

JON-E

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I don't know how I missed watching that video but I just saw it for the first time. WOW. James was definitely blessed to have the two Marines show up on the scene and even more blessed to have such a wonderful wife. I takes on heck of a woman to sleep on the floor and be next to her man through all of that. Glad to see he is improving. God Bless.
 
Surprised that nobody has told the story of this incident. Robby Gordon alluded to this story during the driver’s meeting. I wasn't there but according to people who were, this is the story:

The evening before the race, General Tire/KORE’s Kent Kroeker, his co-driver Jeremy Graczyck, KORE’s Colt Hubble and Jeremy’s dad, Jim were prerunning the start in KORE’s “TRX 4” – an uncaged, Ram 1500 moderately equipped with a radio and decent suspension. They were out to slowly recon the start a final time in order to identify booby traps, program some waypoints and make note of anything new.
About 20 miles from Ensenada, a trophy truck came up on them, hard on the horn at 70% race pace. Kroeker moved over in time and let them pass, remarking that, “****! The ****ing race is tomorrow morning.”

Five minutes later they crest a blind hill and find the TT rolled and, for the most part, destroyed. Another vehicle is also crushed and almost unidentifiable. Civilian traffic – some kind of mini van. An obvious head on collision, the result of the TT cresting the blind hill, as the co-driver stated, “going only 50 mph”.

The TT driver and co driver are wandering around, unhurt in a zombie daze. The mini van is upside down, smoldering. Kroeker and Graczyck climb into the smoking vehicle, shouting orders. Jim and Colt secure the area from oncoming traffic, call EMT/Police and disconnect the battery.

Inside is a guy trapped in the crushed metal. He’s upside down with the dash and firewall crushing his legs. He’s bleeding out fast from his left arm which has severe lacerations, is 7/8 amputated with exposed bone and muscle just below the shoulder, brachial artery pumping him out. Kroeker gets under the guy and applies upward pressure on his torso with one hand, so he can breathe and compresses the open amputation with the other. The only thing holding the arm on was some tendon, the artery and some crushed bone.

Graczyck uses Kroeker’s knife to cut some seatbelt, throws it to Kroeker who tourniquets the artery. Colt tosses Kroeker a large screw driver to torque down the tourniquet. Graczyck makes a time hack, gets the guy’s age and name, vitals from Kroeker and writes it in his notebook. Kroeker talks the guy through – “hey buddy, you’re going to be fine- no big deal. Where are you from? I’m going to touch your ass – it’s not because I’m attracted to you, I’m checking your pelvic girdle for some things (creptitus) – just seeing where we need to keep pressure- you’re going to be fine…”

Most of the guy’s lower chin is torn off, Kroeker is laying under him in the broken glass, applying upward pressure, Graczyck is tearing apart the dash, ripping the seats out. Kroeker is a pilot and a FAC and Graczyck is a special operations JTAC – same school – ground Marines - close air support – from inside the car (still smoldering) they’re shouting orders to establish a DZ in the nearby field, get our VHF radio frequency to the supporting agency and start a fire with wet wood to give signal for a talk on.
Kroeker and Graczyck are the only Americans on scene who speak Spanish.
The locals comply. Colt (another Marine Officer) tells them they won’t launch a life flight from Brown Field for some reason or another. Somehow some O2 shows up and Colt gets it on the guy’s face.
Jeremy and Kroeker’s hands and arms are covered in cuts from pulling apart the car. The guy’s blood is everywhere. Smells like a fresh gut pile. They continue to pull the car apart. Mexican Police arrive first, then Mexican EMT. This is about 1.5-2 hours after the Marines arrive on scene.

Up to this point all this is pretty standard expeditionary, combat medicine. Stop the bleeding, start the breathing, protect the wound, treat for shock – ingrained in every Marine from day one- totally routine, JV-level stuff, all happening in a permissive environment (i.e. nobody is shooting at them while this is happening).

This is where it gets weird: At least six Mexican EMTs show up and stand around scratching their heads and assessing for about 30 minutes while Gracyzyck and Kroeker are telling them what to do in Spanish from inside the vehicle. Finally Kroeker gets out and tasks the TT co driver with holding up the vic’s body, so he can breathe. Kroeker then finds the Mex in charge, tells him to shore up the vehicle, find the jaws of life, pry bars etc. Colt and Jim actually show them how to use the equipment – where to attach the pneumatics etc. Kroeker places the jaws, gets back in the vehicle, moves his hands up the guy’s legs to his ankles and holds his hands on his feet while telling the jaws operator how far to expand. He gets one leg free and the guy is screaming in pain. Kroeker is now laying under him again, bench-pressing his torso up while freeing his leg and applying pressure on his armpit.

From inside the vehicle on the opposite side, Graczyck is backbriefing the EMT on time of incident, vitals and telling the EMT where and how to insert an IV and what meds to administer. Finally they get the other leg free and a back board inside the car. It takes Graczyck, Kroeker and two EMTs to move the vic upward onto the board and get him into a cervical collar.

They get the guy into the Ambulance and help the EMTs clean up the scene. The vic’s mother is on scene, Kroeker briefs her on what to do – there are two good hospitals in Ensendada and several clinics. Make sure he gets to a hospital and not a clinic. Permit the indig doctors to get him stable and wounds clean then immediately extract to San Diego. Do not permit the Mexicans to do surgery.

Robby Gordon is watching. This is what he was talking about at the meeting.

Anyway, that’s what happened. The latest news is that even though the guy's arm was hanging by a piece of meat the size of your thumb for many hours, it looks like it will be able to be saved. The guy is going to lose most if not all of his triceps however. He's not out of the woods yet. Broken pelvis, numerous open fractures, etc.

Moral of the story is this:
1. Americans behaving poorly cause most of the problems during race time. The race is a big deal but you DO NOT own the road. We need to stop tolerating donkey behavior, even if the donkey is a 'big name' TT driver.
2. In Mex, you’re pretty much on your own; you better have your s#!t wired. Your life might depend on me being prepared, and my life might depend you YOU being prepared. Nobody is coming to save you like in the US.


what I did, was read this entire first early post and then watch the video (I couldn't help but noticing James Lamb was being described as "the guy", "hey buddy", and the "vic" ) .......... he definetely was all of those unidentified names that day, but after watching that heart wrenching video, I know him as "JAMES LAMB, THE STRONGEST MAN ON THE PLANET" ........
 

Mark Newhan

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what I did, was read this entire first early post and then watch the video (I couldn't help but noticing James Lamb was being described as "the guy", "hey buddy", and the "vic" ) .......... he definetely was all of those unidentified names that day, but after watching that heart wrenching video, I know him as "JAMES LAMB, THE STRONGEST MAN ON THE PLANET" ........
Much respect for you Deano! I was also moved by the video.
 

Zambo

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And just to show that real life is sometimes stranger than fiction, Kroeker and Jenkins are now linked again. Those who have been following offroad probably know that Kent has been one of the leading figures in bringing Ram and Mopar into the offroad racing picture after their long absence. As it turns out, Ram is now sponsoring the TORC series and the Jenkins brothers Traxxas team while Kent's Ram Runner will be the official pace truck.
 
I am at a loss for words on how to share the following information.

Jeremy Graczyk died in a base jumping accident. The following is a link with some information about Jeremy and the accident.

http://www.eagletribune.com/newhampshire/x1475587352/A-leader-among-leaders-dies-in-Switzerland-accident

The following is a link about a regarding James, a recent charity event he was involved in and his reaction to the news of Jeremy's passing.

http://journalstar.com/news/local/article_b8e02e6f-40c9-5348-a44c-8a15d2a5dda6.html
 

Mark Newhan

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Kent posted a thread about Jeremy. Needless to say it is impacting him pretty hard. I'm sure he will reach out to you guys before long.
 
Just a quick update, James has returned to Mexico on mission trips twice already this year. As the saying goes "You can't keep a good man down" and more importantly, they are expecting their 3rd child!
 

CMA GUMBY

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Thanks for the update. Yes, he is definately a good man. God needed help down here. That is why He kept James here.
 

steveG

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Just a quick update, James has returned to Mexico on mission trips twice already this year. As the saying goes "You can't keep a good man down" and more importantly, they are expecting their 3rd child!
That's all great news. I think about all involved in this often. Thanks for the update.
 
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