Cindy Mathieu, Chris Larsen, Fire Chief E.A. Jones and Paramedic K.E. Murphy
MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Several members of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department were honored on Monday, May 17, 2010. To help kick-off National EMS Week, Fire Chief Eugene Jones presented several awards. The best award of the day, however, wasn’t on a plaque or certificate. The best award a paramedic could ever receive is when a victim is able to walk up and say, “Thank you for saving my life.” Fire Fighter/Paramedic Kathleen Murphy was greeted by 21-year-old Chris Larsen and his mother Cindy Mathieu. Chris Larsen was a multi-system trauma patient that sustained critical, life threatening, injuries when a vehicle fell on top of him. Paramedic Murphy and her partner, Fire Fighter/Paramedic Scot A. Williams, worked relentlessly providing pre-hospital care to the critically injured victim. Trauma physicians credit the care provided by these paramedics for sustaining his life until he could reach the Trauma Center. Both victim and his mother thanked Murphy and called her and Paramedic Williams everyday heroes that go about their jobs everyday doing everything they can do to save lives.
Fire Chief Jones feels the same way about all his personnel and honored several today with Emergency Service Awards, Employee of the Month Award and a Fire Chiefs Award.
EMERGENCY SERVICES AWARD
Fire Fighter/Medic Scot A. Williams
Fire Fighter/Medic Kathleen E. Murphy
This paramedic crew from Medic 829 is being recognized for their actions on September 15, 2009, when they responded on a call in the 100 block of Panorama Drive in Oxon Hill. Upon arrival they were presented with a 20-year-old male that sustained a multi-system trauma after an automobile he had been working underneath fell on top of him. Their diligence in providing advanced life support to this young man was a key factor in saving his life. Emergency Room Physicians told the victims family that her son is alive today because of the pre-hospital care administered by the Paramedics. These actions reflect favorably upon themselves and on the Fire/EMS Department as a whole.
EMERGENY SERVICE AWARD
Fire Fighter/Medic John L. Scruggs
Fire Fighter/Medic Joseph M. Vigneault
EMERGENCY SERVICE AWARD
Fire Fighter/Medic Michael S. Williams
Fire Fighter/Medic Curk M. Smart
This crew from Paramedic Ambulance 826 are being recognized for actions that occurred on November 11, 2009, in the District Heights area. The crew responded to a sick person call and encountered an adult male that was refusing any treatment. Rather then leave the patient the crew sensed something was not quite right and were successful in having the patient allow them to check his vitals. Unable to palpate a radial pulse, they hooked the patient up to a cardiac monitor and found the patient to be in Ventricular Tachycardia. This cardiac rhythm left untreated will lead to cardiac arrest. Following protocol, they cardio-verted the patient into a normal sinus rhythm. The patient was delivered to the hospital with an improved medical outlook. The patient’s condition surely would have deteriorated if it were not for their initial intervention and continued assistance. Their actions reflect favorably upon themselves and of the Fire/EMS Department as a whole
EMERGENCY SERVICE AWARD
Fire Fighter/Medic Carey D. Holsey
Fire Fighter/Medic Bryan Spies
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Brian J. Frankel
FIRE CHIEFS AWARD
Fire Fighter Lieutenant Timothy J. Street