Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Putnam County EMS Wins Award For Second Year

Putnam County Ambulance Service Director Randy Porter says the service has been recognized for the second year in a row with what's called a "Star of Life" award. He detailed the award to county commissioners this week, saying it came about because of the response to an incident in Baxter in 2009. On the morning of April 15th, Mr. Bill Stines was engaged in his usual routine when he collapsed, not breathing and with no pulse. His stepson, Donald Lynn found him within minutes and performed CPR and called 911. The Baxter Fire Department and Putnam County EMS soon arrived on the scene, and Mr. Stines was resuscitated and taken to Cookeville Regional Medical Center where a stent was placed in his blocked artery. After a few days in the hospital, he was discharged home with no long-term effects. Porter says the award illustrates what is known as the "chain of survival," which includes having private citizens who know CPR as well as trained professionals who are close at hand. He says, to date, Putnam County has trained 11,984 individuals in CPR.