Huron Valley Ambulance (HVA) was proud to present Washtenaw County residents Jasper Gary, Justice Moss, and Deputy Kyle Mizer of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office with lifesaving awards for their actions on April 9th, 2017. Lee Ann Farrell, Cindy Kessinger, Debbie Hamrick, Rocky Buehler, Mark Smokowicz, and Jim Pryce of the Tri-County Sportsmen’s League in Saline were also recognized for their heroic actions on April 23, 2016. Also recognized was The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County for multiple life-saving efforts throughout their Winter Program. The awards were presented at HVAs annual Emergency Medical Service Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 23.
Car Fire Rescue
On April 9th, 2017, a father was driving on Willis Road in Augusta with his 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son in the back seat of the car. While the father was driving, his car left the road and struck a large tree head-on. Damage to the car was severe, and it began smoking immediately after impact. The father was reported as unresponsive and partially ejected from the car, bystanders attempted to remove him from the car but were unsuccessful.
Several bystanders stopped at the scene including Jasper Gary and Justice Moss. These two men did not hesitate to approach the smoking vehicle and remove the children from harm’s way. Their quick actions and bravery without a doubt saved the children’s lives.
Deputy Kyle Mizer from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene to find the engine area of the car fully in flames. He retrieved a fire extinguisher from his patrol car and attempted to control the flames until the fire department arrived. Multiple people at the scene brought additional fire extinguishers, which Deputy Mizer deployed in efforts to extinguish the fire. Deputy Mizer acted in a selfless and fearless manner to attempt to save the life of another.
Cardiac Arrest Save
On April 23rd, 2016, a man went into cardiac arrest at the Tri-County Sportsmen’s League. Individuals at the club took immediate action in saving the man’s life. Lee Ann Farrel, Cindy Kessinger, and Debbi Hamrick took turns administering CPR until the first responders arrived. Rocky Buehler and Mark Smokowicz retrieved the building’s AED and brought it to the man’s location. Jim Pryce assisted in directing the responding paramedics to the correct location on the club grounds and helped with crowd control during the event.
The quick thinking, selfless actions and prior training of everyone involved in this event all played a part in saving a life that day.
The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County operates the Robert J. Delonis Center, providing a safe and caring environment for individuals facing homelessness in Washtenaw County. Their mission is to end homelessness one person at a time. The Shelter Association serves up to 1,500 people each year, offering them showers, medical care, and case management. The Winter Program provides a place to sleep for those without a home during cold winter nights. Over 425 people utilized this program in the winter of 2016/2017. Each winter the staff of the Delonis Center encounters many overdose victims, all who are treated with life-saving measures, including administering Narcan, performing CPR and applying an Automated External Defibulator (AED). During the 2016/2017 winter, there were nine overdoses requiring these life-saving measures; thanks to the knowledge and training of the staff eight of those lives were saved.
The dedication and hard work of those involved with the Delonis Center is evident in the compassion and care they show to those citizens of Washtenaw County who need extra support to achieve change in their lives.
About the Awards Dinner
The HVA Emergency Medical Services awards dinner is held each year during National EMS week to honor HVA Paramedics & EMTs who provide the day-to-day life-saving services of medicine’s front line. The dinner also serves to recognize community members and groups who have made life-saving efforts throughout the year.