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Lockport EMT named FASNY EMS Provider of the Year


Fri, Aug 11th 2017 04:10 pm
Prestigious statewide recognition awarded to 20-year-old Brandon Sutton for lifesaving heroics 
The Firemen's Association of the State of New York named EMT Brandon Sutton of the Rapids Volunteer Fire Co. in Lockport the 2017 EMS Provider of the Year. Sutton was recognized for his fast-acting heroics last September when his swift response and high level of emergency medical care saved the life of a man who was in severe cardiac arrest.
At the time of the rescue, Sutton was 20 years old and had his EMT card for just over a year. He was previously a member of the Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Co., and transferred to Rapids Volunteer Fire Co. in order to better utilize his EMT certification, as Rapids is a transporting agency. As a direct result of his decision to transfer, he was able to save the life of a neighbor.
He will be formally recognized for his lifesaving efforts at the 145th annual FASNY Convention on Aug. 12 in Syracuse, where he will receive his medal of valor from FASNY President Ken Pienkowski.
"We have seen many great lifesaving responses over the years, and this is definitely one of them. The perfect combination of proximity to the location, swift response and the high level of treatment provided by Brandon ensured that this patient did not lose his life that morning," Pienkowski said. "In fact, it can be said that this was the point that put this individual on the road to recovery and better health."
"It's an honor to receive this award, and I couldn't be prouder to represent my fire department as EMS Provider of the Year," Sutton said. "I feel like this response was meant to be and I am glad that I was at the right place at the right time to help the patient pull through."
Description of Rescue
At 7:02 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Rapids VFC was alerted a 66-year-old male with a cardiac history was suffering cardiac arrest in the Town of Clarence. Sutton was assigned the emergency ambulance service vehicle for the evening and, upon receiving notification, was able to immediately respond. The EASV is a rapid response vehicle, equipped with basic lifesaving equipment, including an automatic external defibrillator.
Sutton was positioned less than a mile away from the victim and was able to arrive in in one minute. Upon arrival, Sutton advised family members to continue CPR (through by the 911 dispatcher) while he began to prep the AED for use. Once cleared, Sutton administered a shock to the patient. At this time, he was joined by fellow Rapids VFC responders who continued to work on the patient. They continued CPR and shocked the patient once more, where he was able to begin breathing on his own and regained a strong pulse.
The patient continued to show signs of improvement during his transport to the hospital, which is roughly 30 minutes away. He was admitted to the cardiac cauterization lab and underwent surgery. He subsequently received four more procedures to repair his heart condition and begin the road to recovery.
Subsequent to the actions of Sutton and the Rapids VFC, the family has sent numerous thank you cards and notes of appreciation to the fire department, which have been read aloud at company meetings. The family also went as far as to make a monetary donation to the fire department in recognition of Sutton's efforts.
"The officers of the Rapids Volunteer Fire Co. feel as though if Brandon would not have had the vehicle signed out for the shift that he did, that the response to the scene of the aforementioned call would not have been as prompt and the outcome would not have as favorable," read an excerpt of the nomination letter submitted to FASNY on Sutton's behalf.
"This event goes to show the passion and professionalism that Brandon has for his community and we feel as though this should not go unnoticed," the letter concluded.
Founded in 1872, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York represents the interests of the approximately 110,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York. For more information, visit www.fasny.com

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