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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) –The St. Louis Fire Department honors some of its heroes — with a ceremony for firefighters and paramedics who saved lives in the line of duty.
Paramedic Sean Davis helped revive a minister who had collapsed during a sermon. “We found the preacher in cardiac arrest in church in the middle of a service and we were able to do CPR and resuscitate him,” Davis said.
In a separate emergency, Paramedic Crew Chief James Thompson helped save a 68-year old woman who appeared already dead.
“She had absolutely no heart activity when we found her,” Thompson said, “We took her from that to a fibrillation rhythm, which is what they can shock. And from that we took her into a spontaneous pulse with a blood pressure.”
Driving to a stress debriefing after the death of a child, Paramedic Supervisor Mark Sweaney was feeling sad when duty called. A two-year old girl was in cardiac arrest.
“So I went to that call, and just knowing that we got that child back was such an uplift for me,” Sweaney said.
Crawling on the floor through blinding smoke in a house fire, Firefighter George Anderson found a teen-aged girl whose life he saved.
“Just found her, just feeling, just crawling through the room and doing a search pattern,” Anderson said, “She was barely breathing and only had a couple minutes left.”
The group, along with others, received honors at the annual Lifesaving Awards Ceremony, held at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park Campus.
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