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Lifesaving efforts recognized 

The Central County Fire & Rescue [CCFR] Board of Directors recently recognized seven firefighters for their performance in saving the lives of residents facing cardiac arrest in two separate incidents in 2015.

“In many of the calls CCFR responds to, seconds matter,” Assistant Chief Steve Brown explained. “Our firefighters and EMTs are trained to respond quickly to situations that are often confusing or chaotic. Because they are so committed to their training, they were able to save the lives of these two community members.

“We are so proud to be able to say that these seven heroes are part of our CCFR family.”

The board first recognized Capt. Kevin Dickbernd, Engineer Paul Burns and firefighters Ray Hemenway and Kyle Tilley, as well as the St. Charles County Ambulance Medic 2 unit, for their quick response to a report of a cardiac arrest on March 8, 2015, which they learned en route was caused by a heroin overdose.

The board also recognized Capt. Mathew Dermody, Acting Engineer David Rawlings and firefighter Jason Graff, as well as the St. Charles County Ambulance Medic 4 unit, who responded to a call on July 18, 2015, about a person experiencing seizures.
When the crew arrived, the 64-year-old male was found not breathing and without a pulse.

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