Five Addison Firefighter/Paramedics Honored with Life-Saving Award
Team Used Equipment Donated by the Metrocrest Hospital Authority
Addison, Texas (July 7, 2020) – Five Addison firefighters/paramedics received the department’s AFD Phoenix Award for saving the life of a 48-year-old man who collapsed at a local service station in June 2020. They were aided in their work by the LUCAS Chest Compression System donated to the department by the Metrocrest Hospital Authority (MHA).
Department members who received the award include the crew of Medic 101: Roy Luevano and Curt Sanders; and the crew of Engine 101: Jason Burke, Deborah Schwartz and Eric Ledford.
“Our mission is to save lives,” said Addison Fire Chief David Jones. “Today, we proudly recognize five of our colleagues for their professionalism and dedication to that mission.”
The crew used a unique device in the life-saving mission, the LUCAS Chest Compression System, which provides mechanical chest compressions. The system is more effective than manually providing compression because it continues compressions even as the patient is moved to an ambulance and while riding in the ambulance.
“We join in congratulating these dedicated public servants for their work in saving a life,” said Charles B. Heath, MHA CEO. “Supporting local first responders with the latest technology is part of our mission of improving healthcare for the communities we serve.”
Since 2017 MHA has provided grants totaling more than $450,000 to Addison, Carrollton and Farmers Branch for this type of equipment.
Since its creation in 1975, the primary mission of the MHA is to create a quality healthcare environment for both providers and users in its service area. The primary mission of the Authority is to create a quality healthcare environment for both providers and users and to ensure that the Authority remains in a position to meet the health care needs in its service area.