Survival Straps™ Stories
Dear Survival Straps, Two weeks ago I linked up with some friends from college as we all got together with our girlfriends to do a rafting trip (unguided) down the Delaware River. Looking back on it now, we were grossly unprepared. The mood was very relaxed and everyone was having a great time. That is, until our raft hit a few rapids and split apart on top of a rock in the middle of the river. After examining the damage for the next 5 or 10 minutes, a nasty, fast moving thunder storm rolled in with Lightning bolts flashing across the morning sky. I unwrapped my Firefighters survival bracelet and began to MacGyver two sections of the raft back together. She wasn’t pretty, but she was much better than she was and it held up long enough for us to book it out of there before any of us got struck out in the open. Thank you survival straps for keeping my friends safe! – Eric Proctor New York Firefighter / EMT / Greenlawn, NY
“I am an on the road Law Enforcement Sales manager for a distributor out of NY. I am also a Vet. Last night I was on the road in Kokomo, Indiana. I went out for dinner and while setting at the bar a man and a woman came in and set next to me. There really was very little conversation but a little chit chat stuff. Anyway the man got up to go to the restroom and his wife looked at my bracelet and said that her son had sent her directions how to make them but she had lost them. I said why don’t you ask him to send them again. Then I saw the pain in her face and the tears started flowing. She lost her son in Afghanistan. I looked at her and said I am so sorry for you loss, but Thank You for your sacrifice. I then took the bracelet off of my arm and handed it to her and said this is from a fellow vet, keep it. She looked at me as if I had given her a million dollars. I left never getting her name and actually I almost felt naked because I was not wearing the bracelet so I went out today and bought another and hopefully I don’t have to give it away again, but if I ever have to I will do it with pride. Thanks for making a great product, and giving me the opportunity to give it to someone who really needed it.” -Al
“Hi Survival Straps, Here is my story on how I had to use my survival strap: I work at a large Harley Davidson store in Pennsylvania. On the night of Hurricane Sandy (Monday October 29th) I was asked to stay through the night (with one other employee, Frank) to keep an eye on things and get the generator going to keep the security and computer system running. Well, sure enough, around 8:30 pm that night, the power went out. We jumped to action to get the generator going. We turned the choke on, I pulled the pull cord once to try to start the generator’s and the cord broke in my hand. Frank and I worked to try to get the shortened pull cord to start the generator, but the spring used to retract the cord had also broke, so the rope would not rewind back into the pulley. We tried feverishly to get the generator started and had to take apart the pulley / pull cord setup at least 15 times to no avail. Finally, I said to Frank, “Let’s use my Survival Strap bracelet and connect it directly to the shaft.” So I took my Survival Strap bracelet off and took it apart. I then tied a knot at one end and put the original pull handle onto the survival strap cord, then tied another knot at the other end. I hooked the end knot onto one of the holes in the 1.5 inch exposed tube shaft of the generator, then wound the rest of the cord around it, then gave it a pull. The generator turned over once, but didn’t quite start. I gave it a second try, pulling hard, and the generator fired up. The generator stayed running all night long, keeping the store’s systems going. Thanks Survival Straps. John Racine, PA”
We were so amazed and humbled to receive one very unique Survival Story this past week from US Marine Corps veteran, Jason Bellis:
“This is the story of baby Anthony, who endured survival at its earliest and rawest form and conquered and beat the odds of survival after being born 15 weeks premature. On April 5th, 2013 our friends Teila and Chris gave birth to their baby boy, Anthony, 25 weeks into their pregnancy (15 weeks early, expected due date of July 18th, 2013). The doctors informed them of the chances of survival, one that I think we all had a good idea of: the outlook of survival was not good but also not impossible. As the days moved forward and only a few close friends and family knew of the birth, my wife and I could only stand by and help comfort the parents as much as the hospital allowed while Anthony was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). My wife visited regularly and often, while I stayed home to watch our own 1 year old daughter and visited when I could.
After giving thought of how I could help more, I couldn’t think of much I could do, and then I noticed my Marine Corps Survival Straps bracelet lying across from me on our living room table. Immediately I knew I had to give this to Anthony. It may not be pulled apart and used as a tourniquet or some other physical life saving technique, but I knew that there has to be some other spiritual force that would work. “This is a Survival Strap, this is a Marine Corps Survival Strap!” I told myself. “This little boy is going to survive!!!” If there is one thing that has never failed me in my life, it has been the Marine Corps, and I hoped that the spirit of the Corps would watch over this family. It has!
Ever since Anthony’s first day of life, there has been the “typical” complications while at the NICU that, thanks to the help of a very qualified and professional medical staff, he has been able to endure and pass expectations. On August 26th Teila and Chris were able to bring their beautiful baby boy home. As of the writing of this letter, October 16, 2013, Anthony has been staying strong and surviving with only a few minor complications.
As a side note, most items given to Anthony were not allowed in the NICU or to come close to the baby for fear of germs and other things. The hospital went above and beyond and actually let Anthony hold the Survival Strap for pictures. The strap otherwise was kept in a disinfected package next to Anthony the whole time while in the NICU. During that time, I believe two doctors passed by Anthony, stopped and asked, “Where did that little boy get that?” The parents explained the story and the two doctors explained back knowing 1) It is a Survival Strap, 2) It is a Marine Corps Survival Strap and that the gift is a huge one knowing the importance of the survival strap to the Marines (or any service branch).
Since Anthony’s first week in our wonderful world, the strap has been by his side and the “spirit” of the Survival Strap has been with him since and hopefully will be for a long time. The parents have appreciatively thanked me over and over for the gift but also thank the Survival Straps Company for giving and keeping the hope of survival for their son through the “spirit” of the strap.”
We are overjoyed that Anthony is now home and thriving and that we could play a part in uplifting the Gossen family during this time. We wish the Gossen family all the best as they begin their new life as a family.Do you have a Survival Story to share? Please let us know at stories@ .