By GAIL PARSONS
Monday through Friday she is a soldier in the United States Army.
On the weekends she plays the role of as Dr. Jezzabelle Cordalaine. Rachel “Dr. Jezzabelle” Ten Eyck tends to those who have been gravely wounded by gunfighters, outlaws and Wild Bill Hickok at Old Abilene Town. Occasionally she’ll treat someone from her own supply of lead pills.
But on Sunday, play was put aside when a family stopped to visit with some of the gunfighters. One of them sat down and had seemingly had dozed off in the warm morning sun but when her daughter went to speak to her they discovered she wasn’t sleeping.
“The Marshall hollered for me to call 911,” said Jeff Crippen, who plays the role of a gunfighter.
As a call was made to 911, Ten Eyck rushed over, accessed the situation and immediately put her first aid training to work and started chest compressions.
“By the time we got to where she was, she was ice cold and had no pulse,” Crippen said. “Rachel started CPR and chest compressions and her heart started beating.”
Ten Eyck, who is a 94-H Electronics calibration specialist with the First maintenance Co. 541st CSSB, said when she first heard Crippen calling for her, she didn’t realize how important it was until he yelled to her that he thought someone was dying. The tone and urgency in his voice put her in overdrive.
When she got there said a quick assessment showed indicated the woman, who was the third of four generations of a family that was visiting from out of town, was not breathing and unresponsive. Ten Eyck directed others to help get her on the ground where she checked the vitals again, noticed that she was turning a blue-grey color started CPR.
The CPR didn’t last long before the woman took a breath on her own and began to respond just as the EMS arrived on scene.
“You train on dummies. Training on dummies is totally different,” she said.
The first time Ten Eyck received CPR training was when she was in high school and joined a High Incline Search and Rescue team in Oregon. She now recertifies annually in the military.
Ten Eyck went to the hospital and stayed with the family until the woman’s son was able to get there. A few hours later Dr. Jezzabelle Cordalaine returned to Old Abilene’s main street where she met her untimely death in a hail of gunfire that left Undertaker Frank N. Stine with nine bodies, one coffin and a satisfied audience.