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Awards for outstanding service to save a child


The ER Techs, Respiratory Therapists, Nurses, Paramedics, EMTs, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, clerical staff and SCFR personnel pictured above received awards from Suwannee County Fire Chief James Sommers for their amazing group effort to save a child that had fallen into a pool in November. -See ‘Awards’ Page 3A. -Courtesy Photo by SCFR



At the December Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners meeting, these outstanding professionals from Shands of Live Oak were presented with Community Service Awards and SCFR personnel presented with Unit Citation Awards by Fire Chief James Sommers for an amazing group effort.



On November 14, 2017, Suwannee County Fire Rescue (SCFR) received a call no one in Fire/Rescue wants to hear; a call for a child who had fallen into a pool and was not breathing. Station 4 arrived at the home in 4 minutes to find the child had no pulse and was not breathing. SCFR crews went to work administering CPR and advance life support on scene while responding to Shands of Live Oak. When Medic 4 arrived at Shands of Live Oak, the hospital emergency department team took over care from our crews. After a total of 55 minutes of CPR and advanced medical care, a pulse was regained on the child at Shands of Live Oak. The patient was able to be stabilized and was then air lifted to UF Health Pediatric Emergency Room in Gainesville.



It was this group of ER Techs, Respiratory Therapists, Nurses, Paramedics, EMTs, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, and clerical staff that was able to offer this child a great outcome. The child spent several weeks in the hospital but was able to be released and is back home and recovering.