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Sistersville Fire Dept. Members Save Life

By Staff | Nov 30, 2016

SISTERSVILLE — While many folks were off during the holiday weekend, Sistersville Volunteer Fire Department was on the front lines saving a life.

When firefighters were dispatched Friday to a local residence, they found a middle-age man unconscious, not breathing and in cardiac arrest. Firefighters applied CPR to revive the patient.

“This is huge because that very seldom happens like this,” said Deena Glover of Glover Consulting Services, a Middlebourne based company that advises EMS squads and fire departments in the Mountain State.

Glover said the patient was not awake until arriving at Sistersville General Hospital, but he had a pulse and was breathing somewhat on his own when he awoke at SGH.

For quick thinking, the fire department will be presented with the Star of Life award for saving the man’s life.

“They deserve it,” Fire Chief Jason Wayne said. “They routinely put themselves in harms way to save lives and properties in our communities. They are dedicated to helping others and presenting them this award shows our appreciation for the hard work they do.”

Glover will be presenting the award at 7 p.m. Monday Dec. 5 at the fire hall. Moreover, the fire department is pursuing state licensure as a rapid responder. Glover said licensure means firefighters, who are also EMT’s for the department, will administer medications and be able to do so much more.

“Licensure is an excellent thing that will help not only Sistersville, but Tyler County,” she said. “This department is amazing. They have training every Monday night and we’re eager to take the next step up in becoming rapid responders.”