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EMTs Honored For Swift Action to Save Heart Attack Victim


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MCFRS honored members of Clarksburg Fire Station 35 as EMS Providers of the Month of December for their actions to save a man suffering a heart attack.

Receiving the recognition were Lieutenant/Paramedic Kirk Ney, Firefighter Roger Fails, Firefighter Greyson Brown, Firefighter/Paramedic Blaine Kring, Firefighter James Henry, Firefighter Robert Snavely. In addition to a certificate, the EMS Providers of the Month also receive a beautiful challenge coin.

According to the commendation letter, the crew were dispatched to assist a 57-year old male experience chest pain. Once the members of Station 35 arrived on the scene they quickly concluded that the patient was STEMI, which stands for segment elevation myocardial infarction, a type of heart attack.

The crew performed numerous basic and advanced life support skills, quickly transported the patient, and continued high level of care while en route to the hospital, including a transmission of an EKG to the emergency room. The crew’s quick action, teamwork, and skill allowed for the patient to have a “door to balloon time” of only 35 minutes, according the commendation letter.

The time period from diagnosis to the opening of the vessels is known as “door to balloon” or D2B time. According to guidelines by the American Heart Association, optimal D2B time is 90 minutes or less.

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Top: Lt. Kirk Ney, Dr. Roger Stone MCFRS Medical Director, Captain Laura Murdock and Battalion Chief Alan Butsch from MCFRS EMS Section

Next: Firefighter Blaine Kring, Firefighter Greyson Brown, Capt. Laura Murdock, Dr. Roger Stone and Battalion Chief Alan Butsch.

Photo courtesy MCFRS.

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