Fire, EMS and Police Responders Recognized For Heroism and Professionalism in Dramatic Rescue
Ordinarily the Fairview Town Council’s July meeting would have taken place on Tuesday, July 2 but because that fell just two days short of the Fourth of July, the meeting was postponed to Monday, July 8.
The highlight of the meeting came when Fire Chief Jeff Bell presented nine fire, EMS, and police officer with Life Saving Certificates as the result of a dramatic and successful lifesaving rescue. Chief Bell explained, “At 12:02 pm on Apr. 3 of this year, as we sat down for lunch at Fire Station No. 1, a call came in to Fire unit 751 and EMS unit 752. It was reported that a roofer working in the subdivision across the road from the fire station had been severely injured when a piece of sheet metal was propelled by the wind and caused a 14” long gash between his knee and hip resulting in a very severe loss of blood. As the result of the injury he tumbled 14 feet off the roof to the ground. The victim’s brother, also a roofer, immediately applied a tourniquet to stem the bleeding but by the time our units arrived, four minutes and four seconds later, we estimated that the victim had lost 20% of his blood placing his life in extreme jeopardy. We quickly determined that air evacuation was needed, and we called McKinney Regional Airport for an air ambulance. Members of our crew established a secure landing zone at the north side of Dillard’s parking lot. Six of our crew were treating the victim simultaneously as the helicopter landed ten minutes later. Because we described in detail the nature of the injury, the helicopter that was dispatched carried a large supply of blood that was immediately administered. Thanks to Police Officer Sonya Gandy, we were able to communicate in Spanish to the victim and his brother. Within moments, the helicopter was airborne on its way to Medical City Plano where the victim was treated and released two days later.” Dr. Sharon Malone was present at the presentation ceremony and noted that, “Were it not for the extraordinary training, intelligence and dedication of Fairview’s first responders, the victim would not have survived.”
Ironically, Chief Bell related that only two weeks before the incident, department members were trained in the treatment of severe traumatic wounds, anticipating the future potential of a mass shooting incident. A key element of that training focused on how to pack a profusely bleeding wound with gauze. During their response to the incident on Apr. 3, EMS technicians packed the wound with twelve feet of gauze which along with the airborne blood transfusions ensured the survival of the victim.
Life Saving Certificates were presented to Fire Marshall Travis Green, Cpt. Justin Miller, Cpt. Donald Ray, Engineer Chris Barber, Colby Henderson, Nathan Janiga, Jake Haddock, the lead paramedic, Michael Smith and Officer Sonya Gandy of the Fairview Police Department.
In other news, newly-elected Seat Five Councilman Ken Logsdon was sworn in and received the good wishes of his Council colleagues and Mayor Lessner.
And finally, the dispute between residents of Ranchette Estates and the Faith Church of Collin County having to do with proposed plans for a new church campus was officially resolved with the approval of an Ordinance for a revised Conditional Use Permit for the of Collin County. The 2.9-acre site is located at the southwest corner of Highway 5 and Murray Road and is zoned for the (RE-1) One-Acre Ranch Estate District. Applicant: Josh Lincoln Faith Church, HP Civil Engineering, representing Faith Church of Collin County.