The Cleveland Fire Department recognized six firefighters for assisting in CPR that saved two people’s lives.
Fire chief Steve Haun and Mayor Tom Rowland presented the firefighters with certificates of recognition during Monday’s meeting of the Cleveland City Council.
“We have a banquet each fall and we usually give awards out, too. Medical runs are so plentiful now I didn’t want to wait until November,” Haun said.
Firefighters are recognized for helping “save a life” in three categories: fire saves, Emergency Medical Service saves and technical saves.
Lt. Matthew Ford, firefighter Eric Otis and engineer Richard Lesniewski were awarded for an EMS save for actions on March 16, 2014, while responding to a chest pain call.
The firefighters “assisted Bradley County EMS units 506, 514 and 511 with a CPR in progress. Through a team effort of the emergency responders, the patient’s heart went from shockable reading, meaning that it needed to be shocked, to a patient trying to talk within 10 minutes,” Haun said.
As of March 30, the patient was still recovering, Haun said.
“We do not do this job for recognition, but when a crew is involved in something so special it deserves notice,” Ford said in a report on the event.
Lt. Dennis Duggins and firefighters Joshua Duncan and Tim Walker were awarded for an EMS save for actions on March 20, 2014. Duncan was unable to attend the meeting Monday.
The group had responded to a call about an unresponsive patient.
“Upon our arrival we discovered a co-worker performing compression-only CPR on the patient,” Haun said.
The co-worker stepped aside to let the firefighters continue CPR. Two shocks from an automated external defibrillator were required before a pulse returned to the patient, Haun said.
The patient was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center by Bradley County EMS. Duncan and Walker rode in the ambulance with the patient.
“During transport to SkyRidge Medical Center, the patient converted to a ventricular fibrillation rhythm and Bradley County EMS personnel delivered a third shock. The pulse returned and the patient began breathing. The patient's status did not change again,” according to a city of Cleveland press release.