PORTSMOUTH, Va. (April 13, 2022) – Lt. Cmdr. Chad Thompson, an emergency medicine resident at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), was recognized by the City of Suffolk at their annual awards ceremony, April 5.
The Suffolk Police Department presented Thompson with the Citizen’s Award for his act of selfless heroism in a motorcycle accident on May 8, 2021.
“It was really great to be recognized among other great Suffolk civilians and the many police officers who are doing amazing things within our community,” said Thompson. “I’m so glad to have been available to assist our police, fire and EMS staff on this particular case, and appreciate that they do so on a daily basis.”
After witnessing the motorcycle accident, Thompson provided immediate medical attention until first responders arrived.
“I felt it was my duty to help this person after this accident, and I know everyone in the emergency medicine residency would have performed the same actions as me,” Thompson said.
“I’m grateful to have been recognized, but I couldn’t have done it without all the help and training from our faculty physicians and fellow residents who have been with me throughout this training. “, he added.
As the oldest military hospital in the US Navy, continuously operating since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, part of the Tidewater Market, serves eligible recipients of the nationally recognized state-of-the-art medical center, as well as the 10th branch of the TRICARE Prime health and clinics region.