On the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s August 31, 1997 death, one of the emergency responders to the scene of her fatal car crash recounted the famous icon’s last words.
Xavier Gournmelon, a French firefighter who arrived at the crash scene within three minutes, held Diana’s hand as she was in the back of the wrecked car. Her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and her driver, Henri Paul, also died in the crash.
“Nobody knew it was her, no one had recognized her,” he told ITV. “As I approached, there was a blonde person sitting on the floor, she regained consciousness and looked at me and said, ‘oh my god what’s happened.’”
“[She was] A bit agitated,” Gournmelon said. “I tried to calm her down and tell her we’d look
Katniss Everdeen would be proud of one Massachusetts ‘Hunger Games’ fan, who used something she learned from the young adult fiction series to save her friend with a serious leg wound.
Megan Gething, who is only 12, was playing in a marsh with her friends when one of them, fellow sixth-grader Mackenzie George, slipped near a metal pump, accidentally cutting a wide, 10-inch gash in her leg.
“I didn’t feel anything. I thought I just bumped my leg, but when I pulled it up I saw the cut and I started screaming to call 911,” George told The Gloucester Times.
Gething recalled reading about tourniquets in The Hunger Games and sprang into action, wrapping one of her friend’s shorts tightly around George’s leg to slow down the girl’s blood loss.
“I figured it was a well-known method of stopping bleeding,” Gething said. While she held the fabric tightly, another friend