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Skilled Emergency Response by Albuquerque Firefighters Saves Man’s Life

Team from Fire Engine 20 is this week’s Friday’s Heroes

February 7, 2014

Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry honored a group of firefighters whose joint effort made a difference to a sick patient when it mattered most.  Lieutenant Brian Fox, Driver Joseph Garcia, Firefighter Scott Summers and Firefighter Jonah Donnarumma from Engine 20 are this week’s Friday’s Heroes.


One morning this past July, the Engine 20 members were dispatched to a residence where a man complained of chest pains and difficulty breathing. The crew was the first on scene and quickly gathered information relating to the man’s medical history.  While firefighters were attempting to assess his situation, the man collapsed onto the floor.  He wasn’t breathing and the responders couldn’t find a pulse for the patient.  Driver Fox immediately took command and ordered the crew to utilize their automatic external defibrillator (AED) to administer lifesaving measures.  They placed the AED pads on the man and when they found a shockable rhythm, they administered a single shock. The man regained a pulse, began to breathe on his own, and regained consciousness. An ambulance arrived and transported the patient to the hospital where he received further medical treatment, and eventually made a full recovery.


The men and women of the Albuquerque Fire Department do extraordinary work every day. This incident demonstrates how their ability to professionally and capably carry out their duties has a significant impact in life or death situations.   It further demonstrates that AEDs and life packs which are part of the regular equipment on the engines and rescues are a tremendous lifesaving tool which are critical to the work that our firefighters perform daily.  Between our outstanding personnel and the tools they use to do their jobs, AFD provides excellent services to our community.