“We’ve had guys say they’ve been more comfortable in Kabul than in East New York”

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The Battle of Brooklyn: Military docs learn from NYC 'war zones'

By JOSH SAUL

Last Updated: 3:46 AM, October 31, 2012

Posted: 12:51 AM, October 31, 2012

Paul Martinka 'WAR' ZONE: US military pararescue troops Erik (left) and Ron (right) get hands-on training at Brownsville’s Brookdale Hospital (above) treating injuries inflicted by city thugs.

The city’s war zone is the best place to train battlefield medics.

Elite US military rescue units prepare for combat at Brownsville’s Brookdale Hospital, where gangbangers inflict devastating gunshot and knife wounds similar to what they’ll see in Afghanistan.

Air Force Pararescue operatives perform the most dangerous and extreme missions — to save and then treat injured soldiers they lift out of hostile territory.

“We’ve had guys say they’ve been more comfortable in Kabul than in East New York,” said Lt. Col. Stephen Rush, a doctor who founded the Brookdale program.

“They couldn’t believe the projects. It’s like another world.”

There were 55 murders last year in Brownsville and East New York, neighborhoods served by the hospital.

When a Jamaican man was slashed in the face on a city bus and rushed to Brookdale earlier this year, a surgeon showed two eager Pararescuemen how to sew up a still-gushing severed facial artery.

“He literally came into the ER holding his face with the blood dripping down his arm and onto the floor,” said Staff Sgt. Richard Russillo, 35, a “PJ” who currently serves in an undisclosed overseas location. (The rescuers call themselves PJs, which stands for “Para Jumper.”)

“There was a trail of blood from where he walked into the ER to the back of the trauma room.”

The hands-on practice is crucial for men who’ll treat trauma patients in a hostile environment — and Brookdale sometimes qualifies as one. One doctor recently had part of her finger bitten off by a hostile patient.

“You want to have that experience so that private so-and-so with a double amputation isn’t your first live patient,” said Staff Sgt. Mark Joseloff, 34, who also trained at Brookdale and now serves overseas.

“When you first roll up on something gnarly, the tendency is to think, ‘Oh my God!’ and just freeze, but we’ve taken all that out now. The ‘wow factor’ is gone.”

Rush spent over a year creating the “New York Pararescue Medical Capabilities Program” and PJs have now been training at Brookdale for three years.

Brookdale is the only place where the PJs — who undergo rigorous training that washes out 80 percent of the candidates — get real-time hands-on experience.

“The weapons that are used here are different most of the time from what they encounter overseas, but the principles are basically the same,” said Dr. Allen Cherson, Brookdale’s assistant director of emergency medicine.

The connection between Middle Eastern battlefields and top-notch New York City medicine makes for an efficient transfer of knowledge.

“When we have a question about what kind of antibiotic you use for a certain gunshot wound, I speak to the neurosurgeon at Bellevue. There’s no better,” said Rush, who is also a Manhattan doctor.

“Then I take that knowledge and transfer it to the battlefield, so we’re not waiting years for this stuff to filter down from the ivory tower.”

The grueling work performed by the PJs has been dramatized in movies like “Blackhawk Down” and “The Perfect Storm.” There are about 500 PJs and they have performed over 12,000 combat rescue missions since 9/11. The PJ motto is, “These Things We Do, That Others May Live.”

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I hate these kinds of hyperbole.

Our poor and underserved citizens live like KINGS compared to Kabul. 

Transportation? Clothes? ...Hospitals? 
 

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While I agree, its an indictment of what's going on in the streets. You have guys repping four corners and their hood while terrorizing others and bringing down the overall quality of life. There's a reason why these neighborhoods are selected for these programs. What better way to get a medic trained for war injuries than treating some kid who got shot in the face.
 
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It's the most nervous I've been in a place for sure. Deserted and still had people trying to get in the car

It has the feeling of a separate city that I haven't felt in NYC before.
 
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Ill tell you right now from experience that you are much safer in Any part of NY that Kabul. I was there in Kabul for nine months back in 2005 and by far was the scariest times of my life.
 
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Ill tell you right now from experience that you are much safer in Any part of NY that Kabul. I was there in Kabul for nine months back in 2005 and by far was the scariest times of my life.
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crazy either way. glad you made it back safe fam.
 

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afghanistan is not that dangerous

unless ur american
 
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It's the most nervous I've been in a place for sure. Deserted and still had people trying to get in the car
It has the feeling of a separate city that I haven't felt in NYC before.
I conquer with this i live uptown and been all over the city but the vibe here is different.
 

Mactastic4167

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It's one thing to have hoodlums shooting and killing there own in the streets but to have a entire country trying to kill a handful of Americans is a different story. There is no such thing as a safe place in Afghanistan because given the opportunity, men, women and children will take your life.

"When you think your safe, your already dead"
 
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Greatest Country in the World.


Low class staying low class. Upper class acting low class. "Make America Great Again". Pathetic.
 
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Good for them making something good out of something awful. We’re way too lenient on the projects. We need to create a baseline quality of life standard...we easily have the capability as a country. All this economic disparity is killing us from the inside out as a country.

Free apartment
Free internet
Free public transportation
Free healthcare
Free education

The only “program” we should have on top of this some sort of need based subsidized food.
 
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