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HEROES AMONG US

City Workers Help Get Child Home Safely
On Tuesday, March 20, 2012 a 3-man crew from the Solid Waste Division were driving their route servicing yard trash, when they noticed a toddler at the intersection of Edgewood and Maplewood Avenue. The child was apparently trying to make his way to Handley playground across Edgewood Avenue. Lorenzo Edwards, Lewis Gainers, and Jermaine Wynn immediately stopped and blocked the intersection with their vehicle to protect this little child. The crew went door to door, attempting to locate the child’s home. With their experience and knowledge of the area, they were able to determine the location of the child’s home and speak with the child’s parents, who were unaware of the disappearance of their child. Their quick actions were directly responsible for safe return of this child. Follow up investigations showed Lorenzo, Lewis and Jermaine were true heroes.

Off-Duty Firefighter Helps Save a Life
On March 22, 2012 off-duty Lakeland Firefighter Harvey Ries was working out at a local gym in south Lakeland when he heard a thump and someone say “Call 911!” Ries ran over and found a man collapsed on the treadmill. He immediately identified himself as an off-duty firefighter and took control of patient care. After quickly assessing the patient, Ries found him to be unresponsive with no pulse. Ries then began CPR followed by use of the facility’s Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). The patient began breathing on his own and regained consciousness. Ries remained with the patient until emergency responders arrived on scene and passed on patient information for a rapid transport.