When Ryan Woodyard found himself skiing last weekend in Ghent, WV with members from Knightdale's Northside Community Church, his instincts came right into play.
The 16-year-old junior firefighter with the Knightdale Fire Department came across a 14-year-old girl unable to move with a severe leg injury. In what is perhaps best understood as a hyperextended knee.
"She didn't say much...she would only grunt. Her knee had bent forward. Normally your knee bends backward. But it was bent forward," said Woodyard.
Woodyard took off his winter coat and wrapped it around the girl's leg in an effort to keep her knee straight. He believes anybody in his situation would have done the same thing. However, nobody did.