Tuesday evening at the monthly QFD meeting, we were able to present several firefighters certificates and uniform pins for two CPR/AED saves that members responded to within several days of each other.
The first was a CPR save that occurred on an infant in late April in Colerain Township. Squad 571, the Duty Officer and members in their private vehicles responded and found the infant in cardiac arrest and not breathing. CPR was initiated and by the time of EMS arrival, the child had a heart rhythm.
A few days later in May, Squad 571, the Duty Officer and members in their private vehicles responded to a cardiac arrest call in Providence Township. A witnessed arrest, a rapid call to 911 and a quick response from volunteers allowed the members to use one of our Automatic External Defibrillators to “shock” the patient back into rhythm. This person is recovering and has actually had breakfast with one of our members recently.
Pictured are a few of the volunteers that were part of these incidents. There were five more that we not present for the photo.
This is why we train and purchase the equipment that we have. We bought AED’s almost 20 years ago and currently carry one on every QFD apparatus (9 total).
We hope these two victims continue to progress and get better and stronger every day.