Officers Receive Life Saving Award

May 19, 2014 by

Officers Receive Life Saving Award

On Monday, May 19, during the Town of Double Oak Council meeting, I had the privilege of recognizing two of our Police Officers. On April 17, Lieutenant Ruben Rivas and Officer Blake Ringberg were dispatched to a medical assist call at a residence in Double Oak. Upon arrival they found an adult male, whose heart had stopped and he did not appear to be breathing. Prior to Fire Department arrival the officers moved the patient to the floor and deployed their Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and began chest compressions. When emergency medical services arrived, the patient’s heartbeat and breathing had been restored. For their actions Lieutenant Rivas and Officer Ringberg were given the department lifesaving award. Lieutenant Rivas and Officer Ringberg’s actions were not the product of chance but the result of cooperative training with the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department (DOVFD). Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation guidelines are not terribly difficult but do require scenario based, practical training, provided by our local fire officers. Utilization of an Automatic External Defibrillator also requires instruction and practice. Basic steps such as opening the kit, selecting the correct paddles, removing the paddles from their envelope and placing them on a patient, assessing the patient, following the AED instructions and energizing the device, if required, are all actions that must be trained in advance. Thank you again to Chief Dent, and the dedicated volunteers of the DOVFD, who regularly attend Tuesday night training, multiple Firefighter and EMS schools on their own time, and stand-by waiting for the inevitable notification and opportunity to help their neighbor through volunteer service.

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