Fond du Lac Firefighters Honored at Green Bay Packer Game

Firefighters from the Fond du Lac Fire Department were honored on September 19, 2010 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, during pre-game, for their work in saving the life of a 13 year old cross country runner. On September 29, 2009, after cross country practice, a teen collapsed as he went into cardiac arrest. The EMS crew delivered an electric shock to his heart using a defibrillator, and CPR was administered to keep blood and oxygen flowing to his body. The boy was then rushed to St. Agnes Hospital, where he was transported by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee.

 

The Fond du Lac Fire Department, as well as seven other groups, are being recognized in Bellin Health’s “Make the Right Call” campaign. The campaign, sponsored by Bellin Health and the Green Bay Packers, encourages people to dial 9-1-1 for medical emergencies instead of driving themselves or others to the hospital. It also encourages Northeast Wisconsin residents to share their stories about making the right call, according to a press release from Bellin Health.

 

Forty submissions were received. Eight stories, involving a total of 39 EMS workers, will be spotlighted in a special Lambeau Field Atrium exhibit to be displayed September 17 to October 22. The other seven groups also were recognized at the Packer game.

 

“The purpose of this effort was to create awareness of the dramatic impact that calling 9-1-1 can have on a person’s recovery or survival in an emergency medical situation,” said Andrea Werner, vice president, Heart and Vascular Center at Bellin Health. Although the fire department is an integral link in the chain of survival, all of our resources are ineffective without early notification through a bystander recognizing an emergency and notifying us through 9-1-1.

 

A photo of the award exhibit is currently on display at Lambeau Field.

 

Pictured from Left to Right: Firefighter/Paramedic Kory

Friedel, Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Prall, Fire Engineer Karl

Kissinger, Fire Lieutenant Todd Shippee, and Paramedic/

Lieutenant Rick Faris.

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