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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Census Employees Recognized for Life-Saving Actions


MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

Photos by Teresa Ann Crisman, PGFD Community Outreach, 301-883-5250

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department recognized the actions of several employees at the Census Bureau in Suitland today for contributing in the successful resuscitation of a fellow employee that suffered a massive heart attack on October 23, 2012.

Deputy Fire Chief Ben Barksdale and Firefighter/Medic Captain Brian Frankel presented "Fire Chief Awards" to personnel that performed the first three of four interdependent links in the Chain of Survival - immediate bystander CPR, rapid entry into the 911 system and early defibrillation .  Prince George's County Paramedics responded to the call and provided advanced cardiac support while transporting the patient to an area hospital.

The awards were presented during the Census Bureau Healthy Heart Program.

The employee has recovered from his medical ordeal and was in attendance at today's award ceremony.




Josuha Sanchez and Dave Garrow 

Your actions on the 23rd October 2012 that provided exemplary life saving actions to a co-worker that suffered a massive heart attack.  As a result of your quick thinking, selflessness, and rapid initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); your actions not only saved the life of your co-worker, but started a chain of events that ensured a positive outcome.  If it had not been for the actions of you and your fellow co-workers, the outcome would have been dramatically different. On behalf of your dedication and commitment, we thank you and recognize you as a hero in our community!


Rose Diaz, RN 
Tiffany Tayman 
Kimberly Carter (absent)

Your actions on the 23rd October 2012 that provided exemplary life saving actions, you and your fellow co-workers ensured that the necessary medical staff was alerted for a coworker that suffered a massive heart attack.   As a result of your actions, he received the prompt medical care and defibrillation that ultimately led to his survival.  If it had not been for your actions and the actions of your fellow co-workers, the outcome would have been dramatically different. Your dedication and commitment as part of this life saving team positively reflects on you and your commitment to our community.  We thank you for this commitment and recognize you as a hero in our community!


Beverly Vaughn, RN 
Cheryl Fletcher-Walls, RN 

Your actions on the 23rd October 2012 that provided exemplary life saving actions to a co-worker that suffered a massive heart attack.  As a result of your quick response with an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), immediate defibrillation was administered that directly contributed to a successful outcome.  If it had not been for your actions and the actions of your fellow co-workers, the patient’s outcome may have been dramatically different.  Your response, treatment, and transfer of care to Emergency Medical Services personnel not only contributed to this patient’s survival, but reflects positively on you and your commitment to our community.  On behalf of your dedication and commitment, we thank you and recognize you as a hero in our community!

Congratulations to everyone involved in the incident!!!  Every citizen should learn CPR and how to use an AED.  For additional information call 301-864-LIVE (5483).

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