Posted by Bob Trenkamp on 10/24/2011

[from the Franklin News-Post]
Monday, October 24, 2011

A Franklin County High School Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student recently had a life-changing experience when she played a role in saving the life of a heart-attack victim.

Brittany Cook, 16, was at the Franklin County Department of Public Safety office in a study session with instructor Eric Newman when he received a "patient down" call.

Cook went with Newman to the scene of the emergency, where Dr. Charles Lane, medical director; Sherry Lane, a registered nurse and EMT; Tom Firebaugh, an EMT; and Ron Gearheart, Michael Pruitt and John Scott, paramedics, were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the patient.

Several minutes into the resuscitation attempt, the patient regained a pulse and started breathing on his own, according to Newman. The patient was then transported to the hospital for treatment and later released, Newman said.

"It was a very rewarding experience for all of the EMS providers," Newman said. "Brittany responded to the incident like the young professional that she is. She performed CPR like a seasoned professional. With the others providing intravenous (IV) fluids, medications and defibrillation, Brittany rotated with other members of the team providing high quality CPR for the patient," he added. "For a student's first call to result in an actual life saved is very rewarding."


As a sixteen year old that would be quite an experience. As the article states, I'm sure it was quite rewarding for Brittany, but also very eye opening regarding what a future career as an EMT would entail. One can be put in a variety of circumstances: answering a call from life alert systems for seniors, 911 dispatch, or even working with local law enforcement to care for victims and criminals, what you may see on any given night may be a brand new situation. She seems like she has the necessary coolness under pressure to make a good EMT though! Hopefully the patient is doing better and has made a full recovery.