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Ten of theirs equaled one of mine
One summer about a year ago I was visiting my mother in Mexico. When I was planning the trip I had to decide whether to take my SureFire 8NX Nitrolon Commander or my 6P Original. I opted for my 6P retrofitted with the 120 lumen bulb because if I needed it, it would only be in an emergency. Well, I couldn't have been more correct.
While in Mexico there was a fierce storm and, as often happens, the electricity was knocked out. One night we were sitting around the dinner table enjoying the thunder storm by candlelight when we heard screams of horror coming from the street. I went out to investigate, but not before I grabbed my 6P with two extra batteries taped to it. I got to the scene to find several people looking down a hole in the ground. A little boy had fallen down into the hole, which was about twelve feet deep and three feet wide. It had been dug for a light pole earlier in the day. The hole was filling with water.
Everyone had these cheap emergency flashlights until I showed up with this high tech flashlight that really illuminated the inside of the hole. We were able to calm down the agitated boy, lower a heavy gage rope, then pull him out after about 30 minutes. I'll have you know my flashlight was the only source of light needed to effect the rescue. There were about 10 flashlights there and the only time they were used after I got there was when I switched "123" batteries after about 15 minutes of continuous use. It was a great use of those batteries and I was very proud to have used a great tool, my SureFire 6P. I'll always remember how much it helped.
Paralyzed, but still moving forward
In November, 2003 I was deer hunting from a tree stand about 20 feet above ground. When I stood up to stretch my legs, I accidentally fell to the ground. I broke my shoulder, collar bone, and several ribs, crushed six vertebras, collapsed both of my lungs, punctured one, and had a spinal cord injury which has left me permanently paralyzed from the belly button down. I lay in the woods for about 3-4 hours before I was found. While I slipped in and out of consciousness, I could hear coyotes circling around me, but I was able to scare them away with my SureFire flashlight.
I could hear my wife and children searching for me. I hunt in an 80 acre lot of thick, mature forest. Because of my lung injuries, I was hard to breathe, let alone yell, so I used my SureFire flashlight as a beacon. The flashlight had such a powerful beam that they were able to see me from about 200 yards away. Now, remember, I hunt in a thick forest. Without that flashlight I don't know what would have happened. I looked around at flashlights a long time before I purchased the SureFire. I always said a good flashlight could possibly save your life, and in this case it did. I want to thank the people at SureFire for developing such a reliable, high quality flashlight. I am forty-four years old with three children (3, 4, and 10) and a beautiful wife (who, by the way, was the one who found me) and we thank God everyday that I had enough sense to purchase a quality flashlight. I feel like I owe you my life!! Thanks to SureFire I am alive today. I still have a long road ahead of me but I am still here and that means everything to me. My hat is off to you folks over at SureFire. Keep up the good work!!!
Roller coaster of emotions on road to Coney Island
In the summer I occasionally go for night rides on my motorcycle. I always have at least one SureFire flashlight with me at night, and the lovely summer evening I chose to take a ride to Coney Island was no exception. The highway exit to Coney Island is a long one, and on the ramp, parked on the right, was a lone and out-of-place looking car.
As I passed I smelled something burning and a quick glance back revealed a bit of smoke creeping ominously from under the hood. I quickly stopped and went back, where I discovered that the car's engine was running, the doors and windows were closed, and the interior filled with smoke. Clearly, something was very wrong.
I feared what I might find if I opened the car but knew it had to be done, and fast. I opened the passenger-side door and shined my SureFire M3 Millennium, into the thick, acrid smoke (caused by an intentionally set fire in the back seat). It was so dense that in order to see everything I was obligated to go around to the other side of the car, open the door and check from there.
As I checked the car, which moments later was completely engulfed in flames, another motorist stopped to assist and phoned the fire department. Thankfully, there was no one in the car, but without the power of my M3, I could not have checked the car before it was too late. No other flashlight would have been up to the task. I carry my SureFire with me always.
Hands-free SureFire technique passes the test
As a paramedic, I was the only person on-scene for the rescue of a patient trapped under a car in pitch darkness. Both my hands were needed to undertake the necessary steps to save her life. This situation required light that was (a) compact (b) extremely bright, and (c) very reliable. Luckily, I was able to place my SureFire in my mouth, which gave me a perfect view of the catastrophic scene, complete with petrol and oil leaking from the car. Although small, my SureFire illuminated the scene so well that it seemed like daytime! I have to say, that had I not had the light, the outcome of the situation would no doubt have changed to the detriment of the patient— whose life was saved, in large part due to the light. So thank you!
Delivering sugar with a sweet light
I work as a medic for a small suburban ambulance agency in upstate New York. We were recently called for an all-too-common problem: an unconscious diabetic whose sugar was critically low. As I administered oral glucose, the advanced tech attempted to start an IV line, but there wasn't enough light in the room. As the patient's vital signs fell, my partner tried to remove the shade from a nearby lamp—but only succeeded in breaking the bulb. Now we had NO light—until I pulled out my SureFire G2 Nitrolon,! I lit up the IV site, and after the line was started, we pushed D50 and lit the rest of the room by bouncing the G2's beam off the ceiling. As the patient regained consciousness, a family member arrived with a new bulb for the lamp. Thanks to my SureFire, the patient got the sugar she needed, and no one was injured trying to replace the broken lamp bulb in a panic situation.
Subway station becomes impromptu operating room
I work as a city public transport police officer in Amsterdam, Netherlands. One day in December, 2004 I responded to a call to go to a subway station where a man had fallen on the tracks and had been run over by a train. I arrived at the same time as the ambulance, trauma helicopter, fire department and regular police. Because it was the afternoon, nobody thought about taking a flashlight with them from the car.
Surprisingly, the victim was still alive. After the electric power was shut down, the surgeon and paramedics went under the train to help the victim. The surgeon needed extra light and a standard flashlight didn't seem to be enough. I laid down and provided light with the SureFire 6P Original that I always carry with me. The surgeon put the other flashlight aside and said that my SureFire had just as much light as the lights in the operating room. After the victim was taken to hospital, everybody wanted to know what light I had been using. I showed them my SureFire and gave them the website address.
SureFire on the job on 9/11
I am a New York State Court Officer Sergeant, assigned to the Criminal Supreme Court in lower Manhattan. At approximately 0900 hrs. on Sept. 11, 2001, I was the supervisor of a group of court officers assigned to rescue operations at the World Trade Center disaster. At approximately 0944 hrs. my officers and I were assisting the evacuation of Tower 1 when Tower 2 collapsed, trapping us in the rubble. In pitch darkness and choking on dust, I immediately reached for my SureFire 6Z Original (since replaced in SureFire's lineup by the Z2 CombatLight) flashlight on my Sam Brown belt.
The light from the 6Z enabled me to locate some of my officers, other police, fire personal and civilians trapped with us. Although other flashlights were there my SureFire was easily the brightest. Within several minutes we were able to break thru the rubble and rescue ourselves and several civilians.
There is no question in my mind that my little SureFire helped save our lives.
This wasn't in the script
I am not a rescue professional, but I do carry my new SureFire E1e Executive Elite with me everywhere. Last month, while watching a movie at the theater, there was a cry for help from behind us. An elderly lady was having a heart attack. Fortunately, there were two paramedics in the theater and they jumped up to help. Unfortunately, the house lights did not come up and the paramedics had no flashlights. It was SureFire to the rescue! I may not know CPR, but I can hold a light for those who do. Between my SureFire E1e and the two paramedics, the victim was resuscitated and survived. The house lights never did come on.
Man overboard; fortunately G2 goes with him
Several months ago, I saw a SureFire G2 Nitrolon at one of your dealer locations. With a price tag of $35 and fueled by lithiums ($6-$8 per battery), I couldn't convince myself to purchase it. I kept thinking to myself that $35 was too much for a flashlight; I didn't know what I would need it for. I went home and checked out your website. Seeing your deal on lithium batteries was all I needed to convince myself; I went back and bought the G2 the next day. I use it hiking/backpacking, running at night, and as a back-up when biking at night (in case my headlight dies). Of course one may say, "So what? You can do that with any flashlight." But anyone who has seen a SureFire in action would know better. The lights are incredibly bright, tough, small, and waterproof to 30 ft. No other brand comes close.
The true test came recently when we had a group picnic at a nearby lake. I wasn't going to bring my light with me but, given its unobtrusive size, tossed it in my pocket. That evening, we took some of the younger kids out in row boats. As the sun started to go down, we decided that it was time to head in. Halfway back, a couple of the kids started messing around (they were having fun) and tipped us over before I could respond. As I tried to get out of the water to flip the boat back over, my left leg and arm got caught in the dock anchoring rope. I realized that it was dark to the point that I had no orientation and was fumbling around aimlessly.
After the initial panic phase, I remembered that I had my light with me. I grabbed the SureFire G2 Nitrolon from my right pocket and turned it on. My situation became clear; my left leg was double looped in the rope and my left arm single looped so that the tension between the two points prevented me from getting the slack I needed to free myself. I curled my body and my left arm came loose immediately. Now I was able to break the surface and get a much needed breath of air.
By this time, one of the adults from the second boat had already jumped into the water to help me. He later told me that he found me when he saw my light go on underwater. The third boat got to the dock and had them send out a rescue boat. By this time my leg had been freed so they hoisted me into their boat and the rest is history.
I have ordered SureFire G2 Nitrolons for my parents and my sister and a SureFire M3 for home emergencies. I do not know what would have happened if I did not have my flashlight on me. It is possible everything would have worked out fine and I would have been rescued. However, rather than leave my fate to would-be rescuers, I was able to take my safety and my life into my own hands. Thank you for your dedication to making world class flashlights. It would be an understatement for me to say "I owe you guys one," but I do.
Take-off bad, landing worse
One Saturday morning it was still dark at around 0515 hrs. While on the highway on my way home from work, I noticed an old Nissan Sentra swerving in and out of traffic. I quickly grabbed my cell phone and dialed 911 to report a possible drunk driver on the road. While I was on the phone giving details of the potential hazard, the driver lost control of the vehicle. His car hit the center divider at about 80 mph, went airborne, flipped, landed on its roof and skidded for over 100 yards.
I quickly pulled over to assist. I grabbed my SureFire 6P Original from the glove compartment to signal oncoming traffic. As I approached the vehicle I found the driver in a panic, trying to crawl out of the wreck. I shined my 6P inside the vehicle to check for more victims; fortunately, only the driver was in the vehicle.
Within ten minutes emergency vehicles from C.H.P., the local Fire Department and Paramedics arrived on scene to assist the driver. As the C.H.P. officer took my statement he noticed the 6P in my hand and E2e Executive Elite in my front pocket and asked, "are those SureFires?" He then said he carried the same models. He thanked me, said "good job" and shook my hand. The Paramedic thanked me as well and said, "bright light you have there." The driver was fine with just minor scratches and bruises. He said, "thank you for saving my life."
Buena Park, CA
Narrow miss from a ball with a bite
A few years ago, I visited my parents in Cyprus, a beautiful east Mediterranean island. My parents live in a small, picture-perfect village. Although nobody would expect "anything to happen" in a place like that, I packed my brand-new SureFire Z2 CombatLight. It was the first time in a long time that I decided to carry a flashlight. I stopped carrying flashlights a while back because of reliability problems.
After a fun day at the beach and a good barbeque, we dimmed the lights, sat in the courtyard, and enjoyed a glass of wine in peace and quiet. We were having a nice conversation when I noticed my parent's cat and her three kittens playing in a planter. I got up to get the cats out of the planter when I noticed they were playing with something that looked like a ball. I went to pick up the ball, but instinctively drew my hand back. I remembered my SureFire on my belt, so I illuminated the ball. I was lucky!!! The "ball" was actually a four foot, highly poisonous snake coiled to protect itself from the cats. I was literally inches from being hospitalized or worse.
Since then, I always keep a SureFire with me. Currently, I carry a SureFire A2 Aviator. I gave a SureFire E2e Executive Elite to every family member, and keep a SureFire G2 Nitrolon in every car. Since I live in Southern California, I have a SureFire M3 Combat Light with plenty of batteries in our earthquake emergency kit. When people ask me why I always carry my SureFire, my reply is that "Every day will bring a night, but my SureFire helps me see the daylight again."
New rule of thumb for roadside emergencies
I was on my way to drop off a package at my favorite overnight shipper and get gas. I knew the fuel light was on, but didn't realize my wife had gone across town while running errands. I took off from a light and chug, chug….no gas. Now I'm stuck on a long stretch of road with a 50 mph speed limit and other vehicles almost hitting me.
You'd think that a big dark green truck with the flashers on and road flares would show up well in the daylight at 4 p.m. in Florida, but I had at least 3 cars almost hit me, the last one running over the second flare. I thought to myself, "If I only had a strobe, I'd keep them from hitting my new truck."
Then a really good idea crossed my mind. I went around the back of the truck with my SureFire U2 Ultra, set it to the brightest setting, and started strobing it at the oncoming traffic. Holy mackerel, it really worked! Now, instead of getting within feet of my truck when stopping or changing lanes, they were changing lanes a couple hundred yards back. I had sore thumbs, but better that than someone possibly getting hurt by hitting my truck.
My U2 is now somewhere on my person every day, and I don't leave the house without it.
Competition left holding the bag at accident scene
One night, while coming home from my grandfather's house, the hour-long trip turned into a nightmare. On a dark, two-lane country highway, two cars had collided head-on. I was the third person on the scene. After quickly reaching for my SureFire 6P Original, I rushed toward the smoking wreck to assist.
Shining my light on the cars, I saw two children and two adults in one car and one man in the other vehicle. As the fire department and 4 EMS units arrived, the scene looked grim; even the floodlights atop the fire truck did not provide sufficient light. My 6P guided the Jaws of Life as it ripped off the door to save a man trapped inside one car. It also provided light for IV insertions on other victims. At one point, as I assisted a paramedic with my light as he worked on one of the injured, I noticed a person beside me, but paid no attention because I presumed he was just watching. It wasn't until I looked at him that I noticed the 3 D-cell Maglite® in his hand. And it wasn't until I saw the flashlight itself that I noticed some dim rings on the asphalt. My 6P's beam was so strong that the other flashlight's presence was totally useless. The paramedic asked the man to stand there and hold an IV bag, then pulled me to follow him to the next victim.
When the helicopter paramedics arrived I lit up their equipment bags as they quickly pulled out the necessary tools. Looking up from his bag, one Wing paramedic said, "What a light, that's cool!" My 6P continued to make itself useful as I illuminated the cotton field in which the helicopter had landed. With my flashlight the stretcher was safely maneuvered across ditches and holes in order to reach the aircraft. The paramedics were able to save both children and the two adults from the same vehicle, including the man who had been trapped. Sadly, the other man did not make it. Without my SureFire 6P my arrival at the crash would have had little to no effect on the outcome, but because of its usefulness I was able to be a part of saving four lives.
SureFire provides a lift for those stuck in one
While working as a Paramedic Lieutenant assigned to an EMS/Rescue Company, my crew and I were sent to a commercial business that had lost power during a widespread power outage. Upon arrival, we found that the elevator was stopped between 2 floors. Building management reported that two people had been inside for over 1.5 hours. After securing the utilities we gained access to the elevator by opening the hoist way door with an elevator tool. We found that the emergency back up power to the building was not working and it had left the interior of that elevator car without lights.
With my SureFire E2E Executive Elite I scanned the interior of the elevator car and lit up the two occupants. Both were scared and tired. One occupant was mentally challenged and was concerned about the darkness. I handed my SureFire to the occupants while we set up an attic latter. The victims continued to use the E2E while we assisted them out of the dark elevator. After removing both people, we escorted them to the lobby. Since this experience I have purchased an additional light (G2 Nitrolon) and placed it onto my structural fire gear for search and rescue operations. SureFire builds a reliable and great flashlight!!!
I am a loyal SureFire customer. I am slowly building my collection of SureFire flashlights. I currently have the SureFire M2 Centurion and the SureFire E2d Defender. Well, last night, I went out to dinner with some friends and I brought my M2 with me. During dinner, I went to the restroom, and upon entering, I couldn't find the light switch and ended up slipping on the tile floor. I fell backwards and hit my head on the floor. At first, I started yelling for help, but nobody heard me. I was very dizzy and I started to feel a lot of pain on the back of my head and in my neck. My eye glasses had gotten knocked off in the fall, and I was beginning to panic because I couldn't see and it was dark. I remembered I had my M2 in my jacket pocket, so I used it to find my way to the light switch. When I turned the light on, I saw blood all over me and the floor, yet I still couldn't find my glasses. I used the M2 again, even though the bathroom light was on, and I found my glasses hiding in a fake plant in the bathroom which was used for decoration. I put my glasses on and barely made it out of the restroom and to the kitchen. Once I got into the kitchen, I fell on the floor and the workers called 911.
Well, I'm fine now, but I had a concussion, whiplash and I three staples on the back of my head. If it wasn't for the M2, I wouldn't have found the light switch or the door because I was rolling around the bathroom floor in pain and had gotten confused in the dark. A head injury is nothing to play around with and I thank your "Combat Tactics" magazines for all the informative articles on the importance of carrying a light. My friends made fun of me for spending a lot of money on these lights, but they don't know the power behind them. Thank you for listening.
Unwitting new member of polar bear swim club
I live in the Mohawk Valley, located just northeast of Syracuse, New York. I bought a SureFire M6 Millennium Guardian because I do a lot of night hiking with my dogs.
One night, the temperature was well below 15 degrees. The dogs and I were working our way up a ravine when Bella, my 125 pound Cane Corso, lost her footing. The dog fell back down the ravine and crashed through the thick ice of the river below. I climbed down the ravine as quickly as I could. My other dog, Bear, raced down with me, barking frantically. I shined the SureFire M6 near the hole Bella had made in the ice and easily spotted her. She was disoriented and swimming in the opposite direction of the hole. I stuck the SureFire M6 through the hole and into the water. I started flashing the light and banged my pocket knife against the M6 hoping to get the dog's attention.
Bella saw the light immediately and started swimming towards the SureFire. I'm convinced that without my SureFire M6, my dog would have drowned under the thick river ice. I am happy to report that Bella suffered no serious injuries and shows no signs of hypothermia. By the way, the SureFire M6 is still running perfectly. I'm sure that if my dog could talk she would want to thank you for making such an outstanding product.
Keeping watch over the roads…and his flashlight
As a paramedic in rural Kansas, when we get a bad call, you can bet it's BAD. We routinely can be 15-20 minutes from our nearest hospital, so it's imperative that we have the best equipment money can buy. Enter SureFire. Thankfully, I've had a SureFire on every middle-of-the-night-down-in-the-ditch call I've been on. A high-end flashlight is worth its weight in gold when you are the one tasked with making a difference in a patient's outcome.
The only problem is that I have to be ever vigilant among the law enforcement officers and hospital crews. Sometimes they need to be reminded just who the light belongs to, after borrowing mine for everything from article searches to transillumination for pediatric IV starts. Thanks SureFire!
Ft. Riley, KS