MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
A pair of paramedics that recorded two "saves" were recognized for their Excellence in EMS Care. On Monday, January 15, Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor met with the two medics at the Laurel Fire/EMS Station #810. Firefighter/Medic Shawn C. Miller and Paramedic Amanda H. Garrett were presented with Emergency Services Awards for their actions that occurred over two consecutive shifts.
On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Laurel Medic 810 was dispatched to 14200 Laurel Park Drive for the report of a person in cardiac arrest. Upon receiving the aggressive medical treatment rendered by the pair of medics the patient’s heart resumed beating prior to arriving at the hospital.
Four days later, the same team responded to a working code in the 300 block of Compton Avenue. Again, the medical care provided to the victim enabled the resumption of cardiac activity before reaching the hospital.
A “save” is always the ultimate goal of the Fire/EMS Department. In too many instances, unfortunately, the outcome is tragic. However, the cohesive efforts of Miller and Garrett and the rapid prehospital care provided in the aforementioned cases saved two lives.
While making the award presentations Fire Chief Bashoor stated, "Congratulations on receiving a Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department Emergency Services Award for Excellence in EMS Care. For your outstanding performance on the scene of both incidents, you are hereby presented an Emergency Services Award. Your actions speak well of you personally and professionally and illustrate the excellent caliber of service the Fire/EMS Department strives to deliver to the residents of Prince George’s County."