Paramedics Honored For August Rescues
The honorees included Paramedic Brenda Jones who, along with Paramedic Thomas McCarthy, assisted in the rescue of a man who collided with a bridge in Nassau County as he was riding his personal watercraft on August 19. Jones and McCarthy reached the man, who was stuck on slippery rocks under the bridge, and began assessing and treating him for "multi-system trauma," according to Captain Jack D. O'Loughlin, the commanding officer of Station 47.
With the help of responding FDNY companies, Jones and McCarthy got the man out from under the bridge and loaded him onto a MEDEVAC helicopter. They continued to treat the victim as he was flown to Nassau University Medical Center.
The next day, Jones and Paramedic David Fein, who was also honored, came to the aid of a woman in Far Rockaway who jumped from a fourth-floor window and landed on scaffolding below, according to O'Loughlin. Jones and Fein climbed atop the scaffolding and started assessing and treating the woman, who sustained severe injuries to her back and limbs. They continued to provide care as the woman was transported by ambulance to Jamaica Hospital.
In recommending the unit members for the recognition, O'Loughlin highlighted that they are pursuing Haztac training, maintain their vehicle according to department standards and did not use any leave-time during the entire month of August.
"Their actions on both occasions highlight the dedication these members show on a daily basis and serve as an example to their coworkers at Station 47," O'Loughlin said. "They present themselves as dedicated professionals and treat all patients with dignity and care."
Chief of EMS John J. Peruggia presented the paramedics with framed certificates. Each will also receive $50 honorariums.
Deputy Chief Robert Browne and other EMS brass attended the ceremony as well as rank and file members and the honoree's family members. McCarthy, who has since been reassigned, was unable to attend the ceremony. Paramedic Richard Hawkins, who was recently assigned to Unit 47Z3, participated in his stead.