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Rural/Metro crews recognized by Erie County Fair for saving the life of an event-goer

OUT SAVING LIVES — Pictured, from left: Ed Schaefer, Randy Roth, Aaron Cassick, Julia Melski, Lyndsay Rogers and Bill Neuman. Not pictured: Rich Abraham and Hubbard Koglemeier.
HAMBURG — The Erie County Fair recognized Rural/Metro personnel for saving the life of a man who suffered a cardiac arrest on Aug. 15. A ceremony was held at the fairground’s new EMS building on Aug. 18.

After responding in fewer than 2 minutes, Rural/Metro crews resuscitated the patient and transported him to Mercy Hospital, where the individual is recovering.

According to the American Heart Association, care administered within 2 minutes of a cardiac arrest can increase a patient’s survival rate by 80 percent.

In this case, a nurse was also on scene at the moment of the incident, as paramedics Ed Schaefer and Julia Melski, Supervisor Rich Abraham, EMT intermediates Lyndsay Rogers and Hubbard Koglemeier and EMT basics Bill Neuman, Randy Roth and Aaron Cassick coordinated and mobilized a bike team, mini-cart and ambulance, to provide the care for which the fair expressed its appreciation.

“We are proud of the commitment and professionalism that is put forth by the Rural/Metro team and recognizing the crew is the least we can do,” said CEO and Fair Manager Dennis Lang.

“These men and women never take credit for the good work they do every day, so it’s wonderful of the fair to acknowledge their skill and dedication,” said Rural/Metro Director of Public Affairs Brian Lawson.

The name of the patient and specific details have not been released. Rural/Metro, the exclusive emergency medical services provider for the Erie County Fair, occupied a new EMS facility built by The Fairgrounds, this year. The building, dedicated on Aug. 7, includes four examination rooms.

“It might not immediately occur to people, but investments over the last five years, like paving the midway, have largely contributed to a 40 percent decline we’ve seen in requests for medical care,” Lawson said. “There is no doubt the fair’s commitment to a significant EMS presence, including this new facility, has a tremendous impact in cases precisely like the one on Thursday night.”

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