At the Sept. 2 meeting of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners, the board recognized the firefighters from Dawson County Fire Station 2 with a lifesaving award for their heroic efforts in saving a local man’s life recently.
In a presentation by Dawson County Fire Chief and EMA Director Danny Thompson, he explained that on the morning of June 10, emergency services personnel from Fire Station 2 responded to a med call at a local residence.
Upon arriving at the scene, they found 47-year-old Timothy Baldwin lying on the floor. Baldwin was originally responding to the first responders, but when they moved him to the stretcher he suffered a cardiac arrest, prompting the emergency personnel to spring into action.
“EMS personnel responded by defibrillating, providing IV access, administering medication, and continuously monitoring the patient all the way to the hospital,” Thompson said. “He was transported emergent to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where he went directly to the cath lab; while he was in the cath lab, he was immediately cathed and a stint was placed.”
Because of the first responders’ quick response before and during transport to the hospital, Baldwin survived the cardiac arrest and is well on his way to recovery. Thompson said while Baldwin was advised by his physician not to attend the meeting, both Baldwin and his wife were able to watch the presentation via Facebook Live.
“We wish he could be here to be with the responders who were there that day, but today we were able to provide Mr. Baldwin the opportunity to enjoy additional anniversaries, birthdays, and other family holidays,” Thompson said. “These moments are all priceless and there’s no price tag we can put on it.”
While several first responders from Fire Station 2 were able to attend, Thompson added that two members of the lifesaving group were unable to come due to being on another emergency call.
Thompson and the members of the Board of Commissioners presented the members of the fire station crew with lifesaving pins and lifesaving awards. The individuals honored were Capt. Paul Cloud, Lt. Josh Warren, Firefighter Paramedic Carey Maney and Firefighter EMT Brady Leist.
Following Thompson’s presentation, District 3 Commissioner Tim Satterfield added his thanks to the assembled first responders for their hard work in their field.
“A lot of people don’t know what you all go through and what you all see and most people don’t want to see that,” Satterfield said to the emergency personnel. “Thank you all for everything you do.”