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Kirk McLaughlin

Chief, Fairfield Glade Fire Department

Insights

We Can’t Thank Them Enough
 
It was a beautiful Spring Day. The sun was shining, and the temps were in the 60’s. A perfect day to be out and about. At approximately 11am on Thursday March 28th, I was traveling on Peavine when I noticed two vehicles parked on Fairfield Blvd with a man lying on the ground next to the vehicles. The man was unresponsive. The gentleman had apparently suffered a cardiac event. A passerby had moved the man from the car, called 911, but was not providing aid. I had begun CPR when an FGPD officer arrived. Together, we continued CPR until the Cumberland County EMS ambulance arrived 15 minutes later. They were on another call far away. The responding EMS team proceeded to shock the man several times, with no result. The victim was quickly loaded into the ambulance and whisked away. I was sure the gentleman would not survive. I was elated to learn that the EMS crew, on the way to the hospital, had successfully revived the man and he was now receiving care at Cumberland Medical Center in cardiac rehab.


But we’re not done yet.


A mere three days later, I responded to the home of a friend who was in distress. Upon arrival I assessed my friend and found a heartbeat fluctuating between 26 and 200 BPM. I called EMS. When they arrived, they shocked my friend to get her back in rhythm. Unfortunate result, full arrest. Undeterred, they applied their experience and training to shock my friend again and brought her back. After two nights in the hospital, I am happy to report my friend is doing well. Within days of being released she received a pacemaker/defibrillator and is getting stronger every day.


Two lives saved in just three days.


These men and women are part of a team of first responders who protect us here in Fairfield Glade. We are fortunate to have so many talented first responders in our Police, Fire and EMS departments. When you see them in the community, be sure to thank them for their service.

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