Local first responders receive The American Heart Association Heart Saver Hero Award
shown in photo Left to Right: Berwick Fire Chief Dennis Plante, John Britton (American Ambulance), Rick Morrill (American Ambulance), Berwick Fire Captain Steve Plante, Somersworth Fire Lt. James Drakopoulos, Berwick Police Detective Bill Vachon, Berwick Firefighter Dylan Leary Not shown in photo Berwick Fire Captain Sam Tibbetts Berwick Firefighter Justin Menter (photo coutesy Erin Thomas)
On September 9, 2017 the Berwick Fire Department responded to a medical aid call involving a cardiac arrest with CPR in progress, Engine 2 and Chief Dennis Plante responded.
On arrival, CPR was in progress by off duty Somersworth Firefighter LT. James Drakopoulos.
Chief Plante and Captain Sam Tibbetts assumed CPR and shortly received assistance from Berwick firefighters Captain Steve Plante, Firefighter Dylan Leary and Firefighter Justin Menter, American Ambulance staff John Britton and Rick Morrill and Berwick Police Officer Bill Vachon.
As a result of each of their efforts, the patient was stabilized and transported to the hospital where he survived and was released from the hospital 3 days later.
First responders arrived at 1534 and patient was transported at 1600 for a total of 26 minutes of CPR on scene and first responders are credited by the patients doctors as life savers for their efforts.
In recognition of those who performed those lifesaving efforts, The American Heart Association presented the American Heart heart saver Hero Awards To:
Berwick Fire Department:
Chief Dennis Plante
Captain Sam Tibbetts
Captain Steve Plante
Firefighter Dylan Leary
Firefighter Justin Menter
Berwick Police Department:
Detective Bill Vachon
American Ambulance Staff:
LT. James Drakopoulos