Heroism Awards Presented to Crew of Truck 73 at City of Lakeland Commission Meeting
Lt. Jim Thompson, D/E Troy Deines, and Firefighter Chad Jackson were recognized Monday, August 15, 2016 at the City if Lakeland Commission meeting for their heroic and life saving actions earlier this year; and well deserved it was.
Thanks to their high level of skill and fast actions they were able to bring a person back from the brink. They saved Steve Ward's life, who coincidentally is the father in law of a current LFD firefighter, and received the department's "Life Saving" award in addition to the City of Lakeland's Heroism Award.
The award narrative for their award shares more details about the incident:
On June 3, 2016 at 6:09 p.m. Truck 73 was dispatched from Fire Station 7 to Parkway Frontage Road at Waring Road for a patient suffering a medical emergency in a vehicle. Upon arrival in the area, Truck 73 personnel were initially unable to locate and our dispatch center was able to ping the location of the victim using an open cell phone line via Verizon.
Engine 71’s personnel arrived on the scene soon after at 6:15 p.m. and Driver/Engineer Paramedic Troy Deines made contact with the patient. The patient was unresponsive and not breathing. Lieutenant James Thompson and Firefighter Chad Jackson assisted with removing the patient from the vehicle and placing him on a spine board. Lieutenant Thompson assessed the patient for a pulse and found none. He immediately began delivering chest compressions while a Paramedic student (Auburndale firefighter J.T. Anderson) established an airway utilizing an Oral Pharyngeal Airway and began rescue breathing with a bag valve mask and supplemental oxygen. D/E/Paramedic Deines and Firefighter/EMT Jackson began initiating ACLS guidelines, initiating an intravenous line, placing the patient on the monitor, assessing blood glucose levels, and so forth. Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) ambulance MD48 arrived and assisted LFD personnel with continuing with Advance Life Support procedures while loading the patient onto a stretcher and into the ambulance. Personnel from LFD Truck 73 and PCFR MD48 continued to treat and attempt to stabilize the patient in the ambulance while preparing to transport. Both D/E Deines and Paramedic Student Anderson assisted PCFR personnel with ALS procedures including drug assisted intubation and intravenous, cold fluid therapy in the ambulance during transport to Lakeland Regional Health Center (LRH). Lieutenant Thompson and Firefighter Jackson remained on scene to meet with and brief family members that arrived soon after. Truck 73 personnel then proceeded to LRH to further consult family members and to pick up Deines and Anderson. Lieutenant Thompson notified the appropriate leadership personnel from LFD and briefed them on the situation.
Upon being turned over to medical staff at LRH and the patient’s condition somewhat stabilized, efforts became focused on determining what, if any brain function may have been lost. Concerns were that the patient had been without oxygen long enough to cause damage. Once the intensivist arrived and looked over the case the decision was made to discontinue sedation in hopes to assess his level of consciousness. Approximately two minutes after sedation was stopped on the patient, he sat up in the bed and tried to pull his breathing tube. At this point is when it was obvious that the quick action of the T73 crew had made a significant difference on the outcome of the patient. Steve was transferred from the LRH emergency room to the intensive care unit where he spent approximately a week recovering. He is now at home, back to living his life as normal.
The Lakeland Fire Department is very proud of Lt. Jim Thompson, D/E Troy Deines, and Firefighter Chad Jackson and thanks them for a job well done.
See more photos of the award presentation here.