Brevard County Fire Rescue to Honor Personnel for Life-Saving Actions During Ceremony on May 15
By Space Coast Daily // May 4, 2023
BCFR heroes save choking woman at Outback Steakhouse on Merritt Island
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Brevard County Fire Rescue officials will host a Recognition Ceremony on May 15 at Station 43 in Merritt Island to honor BCFR personnel for their life-saving actions which resulted in a favorable patient outcome.
The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
On April 27, Lt. Christopher Simmons, fire medic Jay Ibanez, fire medic Robert Griffith, firefighter/EMT George Ricks, and firefighter/EMT David Rieth responded to a medical emergency in reference to a choking victim at Outback Steakhouse on Merritt Island.
According to officials, dispatchers relayed that the victim’s airway was blocked and the victim’s condition was rapidly deteriorating. Brevard County Fire Rescue personnel knew they needed to act fast.
“Upon making contact with the victim and immediately assessing the airway, the BCFR medic was able to visualize and remove the obstruction,” said a BCFR spokesperson.
According to a BCFR official, manual ventilations were initiated and the patient was rapidly transported to the nearest hospital where they were able to make a full recovery.
Brevard County Fire Rescue Station 43 is located at 902 Airport Road in Merritt Island.
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