The Second District Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad is very proud to announce that nine of our dedicated volunteer members were recognized for a “Life Saving Award” at the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association annual convention held in Newburg, MD on May 5 and 6, 2018.
Members receiving the award were Fire Captain Jake Walker, Fire Lieutenant Dylan Walker, Driver/Operator Blair Swann, Firefighter Robert I. Springer, Firefighter Matt Abbott, Assistant EMS Chief Dan Browne, EMT John Caulder, EMS Provider Earl Knott, and Driver/Operator Ray Carter.
It should also be mentioned that volunteer members from the St. Mary’s County Advanced Life Support, EMT-Paramedic Michael Cahall, EMT Zack Lengfield, and Driver/Operator James Kurtz also contributed significantly to this life saving rescue.
The Second District Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad is very grateful and very proud of each of the recipients.
Congratulations to all on an extraordinary job!
The citation submitted for this award reads as follows;
"SMVFA Life Saving Awards Committee
Dear Committee Members,
The Second District VFD&RS Inc., Valley Lee, MD would like to submit the following individuals for a Unit Citation Life Saving Award;
Second District Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad;
Fire Captain Jacob Walker
Driver/Operator R. Blair Swann
Fire Lieutenant Dylan Walker
Firefighter Robert Springer
Firefighter Matthew Abbott
Assistant EMS Chief Daniel Browne
EMT John Caulder
EMS Provider Earl Knott
EMS Driver Ray Carter
St. Mary’s County Advanced Life Support;
EMT-P Michael Cahall
EMT Zack Langfield
Driver James Kurtz
On July 4, 2017, at 1033 hrs. the Second District (Valley Lee) Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad along with the St. Mary’s County Advanced Life Support Unit Medic 5, and the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Ambulance 397, were dispatched to 45045 Blake Creek Road, Valley Lee, for CPR in progress.
Engine 61 with Fire Captain Jacob Walker, Driver/Operator Blair Swann, Fire Lieutenant Dylan Walker, and Firefighters Robert Springer and Matt Abbott arrived on the scene and confirmed a male patient in cardiac arrest with CPR being performed by the patient’s wife. It was also determined that the patient was one of our own, a long time, life member of the Second District VFD&RS, and a dear friend to many of us.
Ambulance 67, with Assistant EMS Chief Dan Browne, EMT John Caulder, EMS Provider Earl Knott, and Driver Ray Carter arrived shortly afterward.
SMALS Medic 5 with EMT-P Michael Cahall, EMT Zack Langfield, and Driver James Kurtz soon arrived as well.
Personnel immediately began to administer life saving measures.
Through the combined efforts of the firefighters, EMTs, and the St. Mary’s County Advanced Life Support Unit, airway management, cardiac management, and advanced life support resumed until the patient regained spontaneous circulation.
The patient was transported to Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital, Priority 1 – No CPR in progress. During transport to the hospital, the patient regained consciousness.
The patient has made a full recovery, and today attends drills and meetings just as he has for nearly 50 years.
The extraordinary efforts and teamwork of the firefighters and emergency medical providers on this incident, under the stressful and demanding conditions encountered, exemplifies the highest traditions and standards of commitment and skill of the volunteer emergency services in which they serve.
We proudly submit these individuals for a Unit Citation Life Saving Award."