Star Award

Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue

Vevay, IN

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Date of Incident:

02/07/2015

People Involved in Providing Assistance to Incident:

  • Deputy Chief William Leap
  • Captain Alex Paradise
  • Firefighter Eric Dalrymple
  • Firefighter Jeremy Harsin
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Zack Brogan
  • Firefighter/EMT Glenn Scott
  • Firefighter/EMT Chris Clerkin
  • Firefighter/EMT Paul Parson
  • Firefighter Dustin Higgins
  • Firefighter Tommy Sullivan
  • Firefighter/EMT Troy Stafford
  • Firefighter John Stafford
  • Firefighter/EMT Lisa Clerkin

Description of Incident:

My name is Chris See, I am the fire chief of Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue located in Southeast Indiana. I would like to nominate our crews for an outstanding extrication that required technical rescue this past weekend for the Amkus Star Award. This past Saturday morning, emergency responders with Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue responded to a MVA with entrapment. Upon arrival the car was over a guardrail and approximately 30ft down over an embankment. The 1995 Chevy Camaro had hit several trees and was laying in the creek. The impact was enough to break the back of the driver seat. A 16 year old female patient was trapped in the vehicle. Emergency responders took extrication equipment, including Amkus tools, and medical supplies down into the creek to complete the rescue. Fire crews were able to position the fire apparatus so that Amkus reel cords from Engine 3 were just long enough to reach the vehicle. After several minutes of extrication the patient was removed and brought to the roadway with the use of a stokes basket. The patient was then immediately air lifted to a Trauma Center in Cincinnati, OH. Our fire department later learned that the patient had a broken jaw in two places, a broken neck in two places, a ruptured spleen, and torn lung. The patient is looking to make a full recovery with surgery and therapy. Our crews were praised by medical staff and family, and advised that their safe extrication and medical care onscene helped to save her life.

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