Eustis Fire Dept. Recognized for STEMI Star Award & Assistance following Hurricane Michael
EUSTIS, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2019) – In 2014 a program called the STEMI Star Program started in Central Florida for hospital staff to recognize and help ensure STEMI patients received treatment in 90 minutes or less. STEMI, which stands for Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, includes the most severe types of heart attacks. Now the program has expanded to include multiple agencies, including fire departments and others involved in the role of improving treatment times when faced with these types of situations when they arise.
In this particular incident, two personnel from the Eustis Fire Department received the STEMI Star Award recognition at Eustis City Hall Chambers during the January 17 City Commission meeting. These courageous men were able to identify a STEMI patient and treated that patient within 18 minutes - which broke the previous record of 21 minutes. Firefighter/Paramedic Jerry Donaldson was the lead medic and
Firefighter/EMT Brad Carroll was the attending EMT on the scene during the incident. These quick thinking men were able to save a person’s life.
In addition, five Eustis Fire Department personnel received recognition for their assistance following Hurricane Michael, which became one of the largest hurricane responses in the State of Florida in October 2018. This was the first time the Eustis Fire Department deployed as part of a national response. These men went over and beyond to help the residents of the City of Chattahoochee and Gadsden County with fire and rescue, tarping roofs, delivering supplies, and much more. Engine Strike Team 501 included Team Leader Eustis Fire Chief Mike Swanson and the staff of Engine 22, which included Lt. Chuck Messer, Lt. Chad Williamson, Firefighter Kyle Bateman, and Firefighter Clay Rich.