Carrollton Fire Rescue Members Honored As Heroes
Members of Carrollton Fire Rescue (CFR) were recently commended for their heroic efforts in saving the life of a drowning child.
The firefighters arrived on the scene to find an unconscious child who had been pulled from the bottom of a swimming pool by a family member who was administering chest compressions. Crewmembers took over compressions and began to treat the child using advanced cardiac life support measures.
"Anytime there is a drowning call with a child involved and family members are on scene, emotions are high,” said Assistant Chief of Operations Ricky Vaughan. “Unfortunately, many pediatric drownings end in a fatality. These crewmembers knew this from the moment they received the notes on the call. I’m very proud of our members’ professionalism during this very stressful incident. They worked together seamlessly, while not only treating and saving this child’s life, but also in assisting the family members who were understandably emotional and upset.”
First responders on the scene included Captain Jimmy Colleran, Apparatus Operator Kyle Page, Sub-apparatus Operator Chris O’Steen, and firefighters Jake Bruton, Buck Stone, and Jared Hall.
Each of these CFR members will be receiving a Carrollton Fire Rescue Unit Citation Bar. This recognition is awarded to a unit whose performance was an unequaled team effort in overcoming unusual obstacles, resulting in the protection or saving of life or property. The award will be presented at a later date by Fire Chief Gregg Salmi.
With Memorial Day kicking off the swim season, CFR reminds parents and caregivers to keep a close eye on their children while playing in and around the water. Because drowning occurs quickly and quietly, adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (such as reading, being on the phone, or mowing the lawn) while supervising children, even if lifeguards are present.
To learn more about pool safety measures to protect yourself and your children this summer, visit cityofcarrollton.com/poolsafety. To find out more about the heroic deeds performed each day by Carrollton Fire Rescue, visit cityofcarrollton.com/fire.