Stafford Firefighters recognized for back to back life saving events

By Karen Daniels 

Shown left to right are: Manual Florez, Kathrine Samuel, Scott Brownson, Kent Hassinger, Larry Di Camillo, Efrem Burns, John Gutierrez, Stephen Craft, Trevian Davis and Kristin Lemmons. Not pictured are Dylan Merchant, Troy Campbell, and Randy Bayes.

The June 19 Stafford City Council meeting was standing room only. There were several reasons for this, but most notable was the presentation and formal recognition of the Stafford Fire Department personnel who provided lifesaving emergency medical care to members of their community, not once, but twice, in 32 days. Mayor Leonard Scarcella said the timing of this was “very appropriate in light of last month’s tragic fire.”

Chief Larry Di Camillo told council that “45% to 50% of the job of a firefighter is EMS related.” He added, “Very rarely do we get such a positive outcome with a patient’s life, not only once, but twice.” Both times Stafford firefighters were able to resuscitate the patients to regain consciousness.

On March 25, firefighters were called to the scene of a individual in distress. While assessing the situation, the patient went into cardiac arrest. After starting advanced life support which included the use of a defibrillator, a viable heart rhythm and spontaneous respirations were restored, and the patient was able to speak on the way to the hospital.

On April 28, firefighters were called to a local sports complex around midnight for an individual who was unconscious. Stafford firefighters took control of the scene and applied very much the same strategies for the individual above, and the patient successfully regained a viable heart rhythm and spontaneous respirations.

Chief Di Camillo credited the success of these outcomes to “the level of training and level of dedication” of his crew, and the equipment. The firefighters were asked by Mayor Scarcella if they had any comments to share before Council. Not one of the seven firefighters on hand spoke. To firefighters, this is just another day on the job. The Mayor said he “cherished having people of this quality and ability and heroic nature to literally save lives.” Ninety firefighters work for the Stafford Fire Department. Chief Di Camillo said, “We are very fortunate to have the ninety individuals that work for us.”

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