Time To Care Winner: Chris Fosterling

February 4, 2009
News 12 at 6 o'clock

MONTMORENCI, SC--- This month's Time to Care award winner is really a salute to the men and women who are out there right now just waiting to save your life. Usually we don't even think about them until we need them or until a family stops to say thanks.

It was a cold December night and Chris Fosterling was riding down a quiet country road. He was looking to make sure the few homes out here are marked clearly for the next 911 call, when he heard something.

"I heard a sound," Chris said. "I turned the radio down just in time to hear the sound of a car that seemed to be out of control then a big bang after that."

But finding the source of sound wasn't easy. Not only was it dark, but pine branches were hiding the wreckage.

"There were a lot of trees. I had to make sure there were no power lines. I could hear Cameron out there who absolutely needed my help."

He's talking about 17 year old Cameron Chapman. What Chris found under all those limbs was a pick up truck and a badly injured teenager.

"There seemed to be a lot of blood," Chris said.

Cameron was in bad shape. Here's how he describes his own injuries.

"I almost bit my tongue off, broke my femur bone above the knee, chopped a piece of my lip off and broke my jaw," Cameron said.

Cameron doesn't remember much about that night- but his mother Jeannie will never forget what she saw.

"He looked bad. Tubes, wires, he didn't look good at all," his mother told us.

As for Chris, he knows it was a close call. What if he had not heard that crash in the night?

"I'm afraid to say he might not have made it. It was cold out there and he was going into shock already."

"But he wasn't alone, he had Chris with him the whole time," Jeannie added.

Cameron knows he's a lucky teenager.

"It was a miracle I survived. He (Chris) was at the right place at the right time and God was with us all the way."

Chris will tell you he was just doing his job that night. Just like all the other volunteers at the Montmorenci, S.C. fire department. That's right, he's not even paid to do what he does. And Jeannie wanted to say a special thanks to the Aiken County EMS for getting her son out of there fast.

And of course we want to thank our Time to Care partners who make this award possible. Subway, The Taylor Auto Group and Troy University.

If you would like to nominate someone you can do that right here at wrdw.com.


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  • by Me Location: Montmorenci on Nov 8, 2009 at 10:55 PM
    Because Butler rd is D15 territory.
  • by dist-12 Location: couchton on Apr 12, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    why would a district 15 (montmorenci) firefighter be looking for address signs at night in district 12 ( couchton)FD area. especially when that same FF was told long ago that he isn't to respond to dist. 12 calls ( so I've heard ) I could say more and give details but I'll leave it at that. be safe--That means YOU!
  • by jeannie chapman Location: aiken on Mar 7, 2009 at 09:26 PM
    george, i did not realize that the ambulance was from aiken rescue. I grew up in aiken and there was only 1 ambulance service that i remember for the longest time, however i did personally thank the lady that transported cam to mcg that night and told her to please thank everyone who helped. she was their when i arrived. i'm sure aiken rescue and aiken county ems both have excellant services and should both be awarded for their jobs and the lives they save everyday. I do not know who all responded to the wreck that night or where they were from but i do know i will forever be thankful to them and i pray for them everyday to keep on doing what they are trained to do. and to chris, who took that extra time to look for the noise that he heard instead of driving on and minding his own buisness, you were not just happened to be there, you were there just like god planed for you to be. thank god for all people who take the time to care, it makes a difference in so many lives. jeannie chapman
  • by another EMT/firefighter on Feb 25, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    you go George!!!
  • by Kelli Location: Maryville, Illinois on Feb 8, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    This story move's me more then I can express. Chris has been a hero to me, My Whole Life! Not only is he my big brother but he was my protector, looking out for me and my younger brother while we were growing up. I am so proud to call him my brother. He has always been a HERO to me, Now I am happy that other people call him one too. Chris I Love You take care of yourself and come home soon to visit. *TOO CAMERON'S FAMILY* I am so happy Cameron is doing well. Chris told me what a fine person Cameron is. I am thankful that I was in the right place at the right time, he said to me when telling me about the accident. Cameron good luck with your life, I hope for only good things to come your way.
  • by George Location: Couchton on Feb 7, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    Absolutely, it's very lucky for Cameron that Chris happened to be driving down that road at that particular time and that he knew enought to call for help and begin stabilization of the patient. But let's not forget the volunteer firefighters from Couchton Fire and Rescue who were dispatched to respond to that wreck scene and helped prepare him for transport to the emergency room and to the crew from Aiken Rescue Squad, not Aiken County EMS, who responded and transported Cameron to the Emergency room, managing his very serious injuries while enroute to the trauma center.
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