In the evening of May 9th, 2019, the department was dispatched to a report of a male who was unconscious. Immediately after arriving on scene, Firefighter David Sapp and Firefighter Darrin Underhill found the male patient pulseless and not breathing. They initiated CPR, attached an automatic defibrillator, and placed a supraglottic airway. In short, they began to pump his heart, find and treat any cardiac dysrhythmias, and breathe for him.
Ten days after his sudden cardiac arrest event, 64 year old Janath (to the right of FF Sapp) was able to come to the firehouse yesterday with his family to say thanks. It is indeed a rare event that a patient of ours is able to walk (with no neurological deficits) into the station after such a serious, life altering event like this. It means so much to hear thank you and we appreciate the visit. Today begins National EMS Week, so the timing of this visit seems fitting.
Note: Firefighter Underhill wasn’t in the station yesterday, he is one of our 45 dedicated paid on call firefighters and was filling a shift.