Fighting for our fighters: Erlanger trauma team called to front lines on day of shootings

Erlanger ICU surgeon Dr. Philip Smith, Trauma Program Manager Angela Basham-Saif and Critical Care Nurse Clinician Jana Jackson, from left, stand in front of the trauma ward at Erlanger on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, where they attempted to save U. S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith after he was shot by Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez last Thursday.

By the time the ambulances were barreling down Amnicola Highway, flanked by police cars with flashing blue lights, the news already had started to ripple across Erlanger hospital.

photo Erlanger ICU surgeon Dr. Philip Smith, Trauma Program Manager Angela Basham-Saif and Critical Care Nurse Clinician Jana Jackson, from left, stand in front of the trauma ward at Erlanger on Tuesday where they attempted to save U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith after he was shot by Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez last Thursday.

"Heads up," trauma program manager Angela Basham-Saif texted the hospital's trauma surgeons and chiefs.