Receiving a life saving award

By Julie Clements
Butler County Times Gazette – April 27, 2015

Fire Chief Steve Moody (right) presents firefighters Curtis Pollard (left) and Chris McGathy with Life Saving Awards. Photo by Julie Clements.

Fire Chief Steve Moody (right) presents firefighters Curtis Pollard (left) and Chris McGathy with Life Saving Awards. Photo by Julie Clements.

Two El Dorado fire fighters were honored for their efforts in recently saving a life.
Fire Chief Steve Moody recognized El Dorado Firefighter Curtis Pollard and Master Firefighter Chris McGathy for their efforts with the Life Saving Award during Monday’s El Dorado City Commission meeting.
“The story, a life saved,” Moody began. “Jeff was eating when it happened, the last bite just didn’t go down quite right. Sister Linda was in the other room. She called for Jeff and there was no answer. When she went to find out why he didn’t answer, she found him lying on the floor.”
So she called 9-1-1 and the call came in as unconscious and unknown and fire and EMS responded.
“Law officers were the first to arrive and they made sure the scene was safe,” Moody said. “The fire station is in close proximity to the home so the fire fighters arrived with expedience.
“Firefighter Chris triaged code red,” Moody continued. “The Heimlich maneuver was tried repeatedly but it didn’t seem to help. Chest condition went from emergent to dire.
“EMS arrived and re-triaged code blue. A couple of rounds of CPR were performed when suddenly Jeff began to breath on his own.”
His condition went back to red, then one step better to a yellow.
He was transported to Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital and was released the next day to his sister.
“Emergencies happen every day,” Moody said. “Sometimes people do the right thing at the right time, sometimes they don’t. This time everyone performed flawlessly. The result was a life saved.”



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