Colleton County Fire-Rescue
Thursday evening 1-July, Fire-Rescue Commission Chairman Lavern Polk
presented four Fire-Rescue personnel Commendations for Life Saving.
These commendations were awarded as a result of performance at an incident
where personnel found a pediatric patient in cardiopulmonary arrest.
Personnel spent only five minutes at the scene and the transport time was
only six minutes. During these 11 minutes, personnel were able to
chest compressions, perform endotracheal intubation and begin
ventilations, establish an intraosseous line, and administer life saving
medications. Shortly after arrival at Colleton Medical
Center, emergency department staff reported that the patient had a return
of spontaneous circulation. The patient was transferred to a
pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and has since been extubated, has
been discharged from the PICU to a regular hospital bed and continues to
physicians have stated that it would be difficult for many fixed medical
facilities to provide the same care that these personnel provided given
the same limited time frame.
Colleton Medical Center staff also distributed a certificate of recognition to the personnel involved.
Colleton Medical Center staff and County
Administration personnel also attended the ceremony which took place at
Engineer/Paramedic Blaine Harrison, who just recently obtained his paramedic license, Firefighter/Paramedic Ben Heape, Lieutenant Joey Campbell, and Chief Barry McRoy received the commendations.