Red Oak first reponders receive awards for saving life

A group of Red Oak first responders receive award for saving the life of a heart attack victim on September 8, 2015.

RED OAK — Red Oak Fire Rescue honored a group of first responders with a Unit Citation at the Red Oak City Council meeting Monday night in recognition for an outstanding job of saving a citizen of Red Oak’s life on September 8, 2015.

On September 8th, Engine 181 was dispatched for a "sick person". Upon arrival, the crew met with a male patient complaining of chest pains. The patient exhibited classic signs and symptoms of an acute myocardial infarction. The patient was placed into the ambulance and advanced life support treatment was initiated.

It was apparent that the patient’s condition was beginning to deteriorate. The patient later went into ventricular fibrillation and was pulseless. CPR was immediately started while the crews began preparation for cardiac defibrillation.

After the patient was defibrillated twice, the patient had a return of spontaneous circulation and began to breathe on his own. In less than a few minute of being pulseless and apneic the patient was sitting up requesting one of his prescribed medications.

CareFlite 812 and ROFR Paramedic Kris Lewis transported the patient to Charlton Methodist where he was later discharged.

It was the quick actions of these crew members and their abilities to collaboratively and competently work together as a team that resulted in the positive outcome for this patient.

Engine 181 Crew members:
Captain Lance Wilkinson
Engineer Jorge Guerrero
Firefighter Kris Lewis

CareFlite 812 Crew Members:
Paramedic Chris Lobban
EMT-B Brad Evans