Rescue Workers Honored for Saving 2 Lives

Brentwood Fire Chief Ted Jury (left) shakes hands with Madge Ave. resident Ron Wagoner, who was revived by rescue workers after his heart stopped on Jan. 20.
Brentwood Fire Chief Ted Jury (left) shakes hands with Madge Ave. resident Ron Wagoner, who was revived by rescue workers after his heart stopped on Jan. 20. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

In both incidents, pulse was regained after resuscitation efforts

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Brentwood Fire Chief Ted Jury recently gave awards to 15 employees of the Brentwood and Richmond Heights Fire Departments and the East Central Dispatch Center for their help in saving the lives of two local residents in separate incidents early this year.

Jury handed out the internal Clinical Save Awards in a ceremony at the Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday at City Hall. A near-capacity crowd of about 100 people attended, many of them coworkers of the honorees. Also present were the two men who were resuscitated after their hearts had stopped, Ron Wagoner and Bud Schilling.

A crowd packed the Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday evening. Many of them  left after the Clinical Save Awards ceremony.
A crowd packed the Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday evening. Many of them left after the Clinical Save Awards ceremony.

Awards for Wagoner 911 call

Jury explained how Wagoner’s wife called 911 on Jan. 20 and told an ECDC dispatcher that her husband was unconscious and not breathing. The dispatcher had the woman perform CPR until a Brentwood pumper truck arrived about three minutes later, followed by a Richmond Heights ambulance, since the Brentwood ambulance was on another call. Jury said Wagoner had no pulse but regained it “After extensive resuscitation efforts and CPR.”

Jury gave each of the following rescue workers and dispatchers a Clinical Save Award his or her role in saving Wagoner:
— Brentwood Captain Rick Kerr
— Brentwood Lieutenant Dave Bruno
— Brentwood EMT Tim Hammer
— Brentwood paramedic Dan Schafer
— Richmond Heights EMT Stephen Niemeier
— Richmond Heights EMT Brian Barteau (unable to attend)
— ECDC dispatcher Paula Duechler
— ECDC dispatcher Jill Young

Ron Wagoner meets the two ECDC dispatchers who handled the 911 call from his wife.
Ron Wagoner meets the two ECDC dispatchers who handled the 911 call from his wife.

Awards for Schilling 911 call

Then Jury explained how, on March 1, a person called 911 after finding Schilling unconscious in the snow. He had been shoveling. Dispatchers sent crews to the scene and instructed two bystanders on how to administer CPR until the crews arrived.

“The first Brentwood units arrived within three minutes and found the man with no pulse or respiration,” said Jury. “Brentwood immediately diagnosed that defibrillation was needed, administered it, and he regained a normal heartbeat. He regained consciousness and began talking to the crew.”

Bud Schilling thanks the rescue workers and two bystanders for saving his life. He formerly worked for the City of Brentwood.
Bud Schilling thanks the rescue workers and two bystanders for saving his life. He formerly worked for the City of Brentwood.

Jury then handed a Clinical Save Award to each of the following rescue workers and dispatchers who helped save Schilling, as well as to Roberto and Cliff, the bystanders who initially administered CPR:
— Brentwood Captain David Niemeyer (unable to attend)
— Brentwood Lieutenant Matt Stoverink
— Brentwood paramedic Steve Brown (unable to attend)
— Brentwood EMT Larry Drexler
— Brentwood paramedic John Youngblood
— ECDC dispatcher Kurt Ploch
— ECDC dispatcher Mike Vise

Both groups of honorees received standing ovations from the crowd.

Bud Schilling hugs one of the Brentwood rescue workers who saved him.
Bud Schilling hugs one of the Brentwood rescue workers who saved him.

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