Mlive.com – “While riding back to the station after fighting a suspected arson on the city’s East Side, two Saginaw firefighters noticed something wrong.
Their fire engine, stopped at a red light, began to roll forward before the light had changed.
That’s when Lt. Christopher McGowan, 37, and firefighter Brandon Hausbeck, 24, realized their driver was unconscious.
The two men sprang into action, stopping the truck and saving their fellow firefighter, who was suffering a cardiac emergency.
The incident happened on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 8, at the intersection of Genesee and Michigan, as the fire engine was returning to station No. 2 on Gratiot. The engine was dispatched to help battle a blaze at 1328 Essling.
Although the driver of the truck asked not to be indentified, fire officials are crediting McGowan and Hausbeck’s actions with saving a life.
McGowan pulled the emergency brake and got the driver out and onto the ground, checking for a pulse and removed the driver’s shirt. The firefighters — both trained EMTs — hooked an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the stricken driver and the device advised them to shock the man.
They backed away and pressed the button to deliver a shock, which allowed the driver to regain consciousness, Hausbeck said. The two firefighters then performed CPR and placed the victim on oxygen.
The firefighter was still at Covenant on the morning of Monday, Jan. 12, Hausbeck said, and he was expected to go home later that day.
Hausbeck said the AED was helpful because he did not know what was happening to the victim before the device analyzed his heart rhythm.
Saginaw firetrucks added the devices to firetrucks within the past two years and the device proved to be crucial for the emergency situation. The department provides CPR and AED training on an annual basis, he said.”…Continue Reading Here
No injuries have been reported after a fire engine flipped on its side in a front yard in Colorado Springs, after it slid into a curb.
The firefighters were on their way to a fire in a residential neighborhood when the accident happened Saturday morning. The Colorado Springs Fire Department says the icy roads caused the truck to slide into the curb and topple over.
According to KRDO-TV, the accident happened just after 6 a.m., near the intersection of Rice Drive and Mt. Werner Circle on the south side of Colorado Springs.
An Eastern Garrett County volunteer firefighter was sentenced to serve six months in jail after being convicted recently in Garrett County District Court on unauthorized use of a vehicle and drunken driving charges.
Justin A. Clark, 22, who pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle and driving while impaired by alcohol, was sentenced by Judge Stephan Moylan to four years in the Division of Correction with all but six months suspended.
For the DWI charge, Clark was sentenced to 60 days consecutive that was also suspended.
In addition, Clark was ordered to serve three years of supervised probation after completion of his jail term.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Tracey Henline. Clark was represented by Assistant Public Defender Catrina Aquilino.
According to the Office of the State’s Attorney, Clark was charged by Maryland State Police following an investigation into an accident that occurred on private property off Piney Run Road near Frostburg on June 22.
A female walking in a field was struck by a truck, later determined to have been driven by Clark. That truck was owned by the Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Company and officers with the company advised that Clark, who was also a volunteer at the time, did not have permission to operate the truck that night or under those circumstances.
Clark responded back to the scene of the reported accident in his volunteer capacity. As the trooper was gathering information about the earlier events, he noticed signs that Clark had been drinking. Following additional observations and testing, the trooper charged Clark with driving while impaired and related offenses.