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Survivor Day honours first responders for life-saving service

Posted on Friday September 14, 2018
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Cobourg, ON – September 13, 2018 – During last evening’s Survivor Day ceremony, attendees heard stories of collaboration between emergency services personnel during health emergencies, and of critical support from bystanders, all leading to positive health outcomes.

One morning in September 2017, Chris Degenova was preparing for a personal training session with his client Katherine Smith. In an unexpected turn of events, Katherine arrived to find Chris on the floor, unresponsive and pulseless. Immediately after calling 911, Katherine started CPR and continued until the Port Hope Fire Department arrived. With a single shock from a defibrillator, firefighters were able to revive Chris’s pulse until Paramedics arrived. Once on-scene, paramedics were able to help Chris regain good breathing and continued this care until Chris was transferred to the hospital.

Chris’ story of survival from cardiac arrest was one of 12 stories shared at the annual Survivor Day event hosted by Northumberland County, as first responders were honoured with ‘Lightning Bolt’ certificates for their rapid, heroic actions to saves lives.

“We are grateful to have such skilled and dedicated first responders in Northumberland, who devote their lives to the protection and preservation of life, and make such important contributions to a thriving and inclusive community,” stated County Warden Mark Lovshin. “On behalf of County Council, it is an honor to recognize the incredible work of this year’s Lightning Bolt Award recipients. We thank them for their invaluable support in our times of greatest need.”

Northumberland Paramedics Chief William Detlor further noted “I commend our local first responders for their continual focus on teamwork. First response achieves the best outcomes when there is strong interoperability between emergency services. This evening is certainly proof of this, when we look at all of the positive outcomes achieved by our local resuscitation teams.”

In addition to thanking first responders, Survivor Day is also an opportunity to highlight the importance of CPR training for the general public, as well as public access to defibrillators. Many of the stories shared at last night’s event showcased how receiving immediate intervention from bystanders using CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can lead to a successful pre-hospital resuscitation of cardiac arrest victims.

“From bystanders to first responders, we all play an important role in the chain of care that reinforces the health and wellbeing of our community,” indicated County CAO Jennifer Moore. “Survivor Day is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the highly skilled, highly trained emergency services personnel that work in our community, as well as the incredible outcomes that are achieved through collaboration and teamwork between community members and first responders.”

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District Chief Glenn Case of the Port Hope Fire Department, accepting a Lightning Bolt certificate at last evening’s event

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