Carrollton Fire Rescue Members Honored As Heroes
Medical City Las Colinas recently recognized several members of Carrollton Fire Rescue (CFR) and the Farmers Branch Fire Department (FBFD) for their efforts in saving the life of a Carrollton resident.
First responders on the scene included CFR Captain Matthew Graham, Apparatus Operator Lynn Harpold, Second Apparatus Operator Stephen Crawford, and Farmers Branch Paramedics Isaac Chan and Jacob Little.
“Without the rapid response care that was provided by the first responders, this patient would not be alive today,” said Jeremy Rountree, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Medical City Las Colinas.
CFR Engine 115 and FBFD Medic 133 were dispatched to an unconscious person in Carrollton. CPR was initiated, and the cardiac monitor showed he was suffering from ventricular fibrillation, a potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disturbance. The patient was taken to Medical City Las Colinas and admitted into the ICU. After treatment, the patient was released from the hospital 10 days later.
The quick response from both departments is a direct reflection of the benefits of our cities’ joint services. In March 2016, the City of Carrollton joined Addison, Coppell, and Farmers Branch in public safety dispatch and operations at the North Texas Emergency Communications Center (NTECC). NTECC allows dispatchers to send the closest police, fire, or medical unit to the scene of an emergency despite city affiliation in order to significantly decrease response times.
For more information on Carrollton’s public safety measures, or to find out more about the heroic deeds performed each day by Carrollton Fire Rescue visit cityofcarrollton.com.