Lancaster lawyer creates cards for emergencies

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Bill Pelhan is a personal injury lawyer who has appeared in court hundreds of times for crashes.

The Lancaster County-based attorney has created something he believes could save his clients’ lives.

Pelhan has created cards designed in case of an emergency, or ICE cards.

“It’s such a basic thing that everyone should carry one in their wallet,” he told ABC 27 News.

Pelhan said he got the suggestion from a friend. He showed ABC27 that the cards can pack a lot of information.

“It will have your blood type, date of birth, your medical conditions,” he said.

Pelhan has fronted the cost for the cards, so they’re handed out for free.

He said the cards are designed for motorcyclists but can be used by anyone.

“It definitely could be extremely important if somebody was in an accident, had a serious injury and was unconscious, or otherwise could not communicate to the EMTs,” he said.

Jerry Schramm, director of operations for Lancaster EMS, said he sees the value of the information on the cards.

“When you arrive and you are able to get that information quickly and provide optimal care, the few times that it would be ideal is going to provide a great deal of benefit,” he said.

Although the cards are new, they are already starting to appear at some Lancaster County motorcycle dealerships.

David Moore, who owns Lancaster Honda, hands out the cards with every new bike purchase.

“I think everyone should have one,” he told ABC 27 News. “It’s helpful.”

“Hopefully, they’ll never need it, but if they do, it’ll be there,” Pelhan said.

The cards are available at a handful of Lancaster County motorcycle dealers and at Pelhan’s office on Duke Street.

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