Four SFD firefighters honored for life-saving efforts

Posted at 4:24 PM on May 7, 2019


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Pictured (from left) are SFD Capt. Ryan Laney, Firefighter Wesley Long, Lt. Stuart Wells and Firefighter Josh Deal.


The Statesville City Council honored four city firefighters on Monday evening for their efforts to save a man who suffered a heart attack earlier this year.

Fire Chief Spencer Lee presented "Life Saving Awards" to Capt. Ryan Laney, Lt. Stuart Wells, Firefighter Josh Deal and Firefighter Wesley Long for their collective efforts on February 21.

On that date the crew from Engine 2 was dispatched to 110 Buena Vista Avenue for a report of a possible heart attack, the chief said.

Engine 2 arrived on the scene in less than six minutes and found a male patient sitting in a chair with no pulse and not breathing.

The firefighters quickly moved the patient to the floor and began CPR. An automated external defibrillator was used, and the firefighters delivered a shock and continued CPR.

After Iredell County EMS personnel arrived on the scene and took over patient care, the firefighters continued to assist with CPR efforts for 30 minutes until the patient had a pulse, Lee said.

The firefighters assisted with packaging and loading the patient for an emergency transport to Iredell Memorial Hospital and provided a driver for the EMS unit to deliver the patient to Iredell Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

"The teamwork of delivering CPR with the crew from Engine 2 and Iredell County EMS resulted in an estimated 4,000 chest compressions and one shock with the defibrillator," the chief said. "This 'pit crew' style of team work was instrumental in saving a life."

Mayor Costi Kutteh, individual council members and city administrators greeted the firefighters and thanked them for their service.

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