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USC Upstate Student And Southern Guards Battalion Cadet Saves Two Lives At The Army Ten-Miler Race

10- 15- 2007

ArmyTenMilerTeamSpartanburg, S.C. -- The Southern Guards Battalion comprised of Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) cadets from USC Upstate, Limestone College and Wofford College competed with two teams in the ROTC Division at last week’s Army Ten-Miler race. Nine of the 11 cadets are students at USC Upstate.

The teams had a very eventful trip with Cadet Robert Wiltberger, a nursing student at USC Upstate and a paramedic, saving not one but two lives along the way.

On the drive from Spartanburg to Washington, D.C. the teams stopped for breakfast. While the team members were placing their orders, a cashier fainted behind the counter. Cadet Wiltberger immediately reacted to revive the lady. He assessed that she was severely dehydrated and administered aid until paramedics arrived on scene. 

The teams then made it to D.C. where they joined more than 26,000 runners in the grueling race. The weather was exceptionally hot during this time of year and many runners experienced heat exhaustion with one fatally collapsing close to the finish line. 

Cadet Wiltberger noticed a female had stopped running and was experiencing extreme difficulty breathing. He quickly alerted the Army medics. When Wiltberger noticed the medics were unsure of what measures to take, he began instructing them in appropriate actions to halt the asthmatic attack.

Thanks to Cadet Wiltberger’s medical training, two lives were saved that eventful weekend. The Southern Guards finished 29th out of 58 Army ROTC teams that ran the race, competing with ROTC programs from all over the nation.

For more information, contact Simon Stricklen, CPT, EN, at (864) 597-4338.