A publication by the staff of the City of Boca Raton Fire-Rescue Services Department BOCA FIRE RESCUE NET November/December 2010 FIRE CHIEF REPORT By: Thomas R. Wood CFO 1st Place and 2nd Place in the Flagler County ALS Competition Wow…it doesn’t get much better than this! Our “A Team” comprised of Shea Miller, Jeff Lazzeri, James Haag and Ryan Hardy took 1st Place and “B Team” with Robert Parks, Evan Gaub, Mike Sember and Jon Vought won 2nd Place at the Flagler County ALS Competition. The competition was held on October 23rd and 24th for a full 24 hours. In that time frame, each team handled 12 scenarios and 36 patients. They had short breaks for meals and about a one hour nap. The scenarios were all different and set in various areas of Flagler County. The scenarios included riding all terrain vehicles http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/fire/newsletters.shtm (ATVs) and helicopters. They included confined space entries and rappelling. There were 12 other teams in the competition from as far away as Nebraska. We can certainly be proud of our teams. Due to the sheer excellence of taking the top two spots, all team members were awarded Department Excellence Awards on November 3rd, which are inscribed with the Vince Lombardi quote; "The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." Congratulations! Randolph Mantooth “Johnny Gage” speaks at the 6500 Building In his acting role as “Johnny Gage” of the hit TV show “Emergency!” Randy provided inspiration for many to pursue careers in Fire Rescue/EMS. Our own EMS Captain Shaun Fix said that he is here today because of the inspiration of “Emergency!” when he was a child. Randy’s character was portrayed in a very positive light, and it provided credibility for the paramedic profession. “Emergency!” may have been the best marketing tool to enhance Emergency Medical Services throughout this country. Although there is no proof of a direct connection…while the original “Emergency!” television broadcasts were televised from 1972 through 1979, Boca Raton was in the process of formulating its paramedic program in 1973 and launched it in 1974. Randy’s acting career took him in many other directions; however, he continued to support Fire Rescue and EMS. His personal experience with carbon monoxide poisoning in 1975 and his real life rescue by two paramedics that day has lead to his current campaign to make firefighters aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide during overhaul and to seek medical monitoring and rehabilitation at fire scenes. This is what brought him to speak at the 6500 Building auditorium. Randy’s support has been exemplified by his service as the honorary chairman and spokesperson of the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association since 2005. In appreciation of his lifetime of support and inspiration, Randy was presented with the Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services Team A: Shea Miller, Jeff Lazzeri, James Haag, Ryan Hardy/Chief Wood/ Team B: Evan Gaub, Robert Parks, Jonathan Vought, Mike Sember Picture by Jay Bell BOCA FIRE RESCUE Page 2 “Excellence Award” on October 20, 2010. The award is inscribed with the Vince Lombardi quote; "The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." Retirement Firefighter Kenny Clark will be retired by the time this newsletter goes to print. His last shift day was October 28, 2010. Ken started his career on January 10, 1977, and finished with 33.8 years of service. Ken achieved the rank of Lieutenant (Captain today) during his short three years in the Fire & Life Safety Division between June 1990 and September 1993. Ken was also a “Charter Member” of our Honor Guard Team (1992-1994). Captain Bob Diaz wrote the best tag line in one of Ken’s evaluations: “…FF Clark is a pleasure to work with…”. Ken…Best wishes for your retirement! F.Correeggio Chief Tom Wood presenting Randolph Mantooth with the “Excellence” Save the Date The Annual Holiday Party is scheduled for Friday, December 3, 2010. The Benevolent should be releasing more details very soon. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! BOCA FIRE RESCUE Page 3 OPERATIONS By: Glenn Joseph Deputy Chief First, I would like to congratulate Irena Elmstrom and Sherry Griffith for their 2nd place finish at the National Combat Challenge Competition. I would also applaud the Advanced Life Support Competition Team A and B, for their outstanding performance at the Temple Terrace Advance Life Support Competition. In the early 90s I participated in ALS competitions, so I think I have just the slightest idea of the commitment, dedication and hard work that it takes to have such extraordinary results. Hats off to all of you, the future of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services Department is in good hands. On a more somber note, Michael Gergora and his family are facing some significant challenges and will require our emotional and spiritual support. Please take a moment to offer a supportive and encouraging thought, it will be appreciated. Logistics and Support is in the process of developing specifications for the replacement of two fire apparatus and three medical transport units. The specification committees are working on improvements and we appreciate their efforts; any suggests should be forwarded to Tom Sova by email. Let’s do the numbers for October : Total EMS Incidents Average Resp. Time EMS Unit (most alarms) 853 5.44 Min Med2–213 Total Fire Alarms Average Resp. Time Fire Co. (most alarms) Station 5 (most alarms) Other Total Alarms 144 6.34 Min Trk1-167 471 218 1,215 ANNOUNCEMENT BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION Submitted by: Raul Travieso SCHOLARSHIPS The Boca Raton Firefighter and Paramedic Benevolent Association is proud to announce its annual sponsorship of a 4-year, $1000 per year scholarship through the George Snow Scholarship Fund. This year we will once again sponsor a qualified student of a Fire Department employee. The George Snow Scholarship Fund applications are now available on their website. For more information go to www.scholarship.org or call 561-3476799. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. November Birthdays John Lamey Dorrant Mowatt David Dipierro Sean Migone Kim Puchalski Francine Chokanis Ken Clark Valentino Polistena Warren Cann Arnaldo Rodriguez Loyd Putnam Ben Frederick David Eddinger Scott Hauss Paula Ursini Alejandro Callegari George Fox Bryan Walton 11/02 11/03 11/06 11/07 11/09 11/11 11/12 11/15 11/23 11/24 11/25 11/25 11/26 11/26 11/27 11/27 11/29 11/30 December Birthdays November Service Years Carlos Vidaurreta Dave Rosenthal Mario Eaton Mike Young Brian Ward Mike Francis Tom Carroll Pat Kelly Joe Hauck Joe Ramsey 3 4 6 12 13 13 20 23 29 33 December Service Years Curt Berryman Craig Ashley Chris Burden Robert Cervi Mark Dell John Elliott Andrea Entus Jordan Flaschner Dave Covert Bob Graffam Frank Correggio Dan Grader 5 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 29 29 33 33 Patrick Murray Michael Davanzo John Gibson Joel Narcowich Jesus Barrera Tomas Martin Scott Stinecipher Philip Strasser William Pazanski Ed Guinn Scott Clark Kimberly Bunting Bruce Angier Jordan Flaschner Joanne Barnes Brian Ward Robert Parks Michael Altamuro John McClain Todd Withrow Aaron Fix 12/01 12/01 12/02 12/04 12/04 12/06 12/07 12/07 12/07 12/08 12/11 12/14 12/15 12/20 12/24 12/25 12/25 12/28 12/29 12/30 12/31 January Birthdays Thomas George William Puchalski Michael O’Neil Jack Kareff Shaun Fix William Fowler 01/01 01/04 01/05 01/05 01/07 BOCA FIRE RESCUE Page 4 ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES By: Raul Travieso Assistant Chief TIME MARCHES ON! Due to recent reduction in Staff, we were required to reorganize the division of Planning and Emergency Management. The division has been expanded and renamed the “Administrative Services Division” which will more accurately reflect the tasks assigned to the newly formed team. As the Assistant Chief of this division, I will continue to be responsible for Emergency Management and Planning functions. I will also continue to supervise Communications, Training & Safety, and Public Information. To continue improving our 9-1-1 program, Division Chief Patrick Kelly will assume the responsibilities of Communications Officer. Division Chief Joe Majhess will now be responsible for the Training & Safety Section along with Captain Jeff Rupp who will remain on the team assigned to “Training & Safety”. FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY By: David Woodside Assistant Chief This newsletter will take us through both the Thanksgiving and the Christmas season. The Fire & Life Safety Division wishes you and your family “HAPPY HOLIDAYS”. On November 26th the Fire and Life Safety Inspectors will again visit all of the Christmas tree stands located within the city limits and provide Christmas tree tags to be distributed with each tree sold. The tags provide the consumer with vital information to keep them free from fire and related accidents during the holiday season. The fire prevention tips below will help you to be safe during the holiday season. Thanksgiving Safety Tips Have a working smoke detector on every level of the house, in every bedroom, and in the halls adjacent to the bedrooms. Test smoke detectors monthly and replace batteries at least twice a year. Overnight guests should be instructed on the fire escape plan and designated meeting place for your home. Have a fire extinguisher available not more than 10 feet from the stove, on the exit side of the kitchen. A class ABC multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher is recommended. Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven. The “NEW LOOK” of the Administrative Services Division includes the transfer of Victoria Osborn for much needed clerical support. The “NEW LOOK” incorporates our responsibility, together with assistance from Assistant Chief Daryl Scott for the new employee hiring process. Keep the kitchen off-limits to young children and adults that are not helping with food preparations to lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps. We are all anxious to tackle these new assignments and responsibilities as we strive to continue our program to improve Fire Rescue Services. Never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove or have someone else watch what is being cooked. Change Things do not change; we change. Henry David Thoreau Candles should never be left burning when you are away from home, or after going to bed. Candles should be located where children will not be tempted to Do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry when cooking. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns. Cook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in so they don’t extend over the edge of the stove. Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct heat. Page 5 BOCA FIRE RESCUE play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them. The candle holder should be completely noncombustible and difficult to knock over. The candle should not have combustible decorations around it. Christmas Safety Tips Water the tree daily and check for excessive dryness frequently. Use decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant. Use only decorations listed by an approved testing laboratory ex. UL, FM, ETL. DON’T place extension cords under rugs, carpets or decorations. Supervise small children closely around candles, trees and decorations. Keep the tree in the coolest section of the house. This will retard drying. Always disconnect all decorations when leaving the house and before retiring for the evening. Use clips not nails to hang lights. This will minimize the damage to the cord. Keep trees away from open windows. A gust of wind may upset a tree and could cause a fire. Remove the tree and all gift wrappings promptly after the Holidays. Never use electric lights on a metal tree. Don’t use lights with worn, frayed, or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of push in bulbs or a maximum of 50 screw in bulbs. Never use lit candles on a decorated tree. DON’T use candles or open flames around any Christmas decorations. IN THE EVENT OF FIRE, EVACUATE YOUR HOME IMMEDIATELY AND THEN CALL 9-1-1. Please be aware of the safety tips and share this information with our customers, friends and family members. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. Winners at the U.S. Nationals Boca Raton Fire Rescue’s Irena Elmstrom & Sherry Griffith, along with Delray Beach Fire Rescue’s Ilene Rose and Crista Mockenhaupt capture 2nd Place in the Female Finals at the Combat Challenge U.S. Nationals. Congratulations! BOCA FIRE RESCUE Page 6 OPERATIONS By: Daryl Scott Assistant Chief We would like to thank and congratulate all the personnel who recently participated in the promotional examinations for EMS Captain, Captain, and Senior Fire Inspector. The Department appreciates the time and commitment that is necessary when competing in the promotional process. Recently Deputy Chief Joseph, Assistant Chief Travieso, and I attended the Gordon Graham seminar on Managing Risk over in Bradenton. The day-long seminar was very informative and entertaining. The Department will be hosting Mr. Graham on April 21, 2011, so mark your calendars now -- additional information will be forthcoming. Risks are all around us and we face many risks in our daily operations. The Fire Rescue Service is not the only high risk profession; the military is an example of another. Mr. Graham spoke about Admiral Hyman Rickover, who directed the development of the U.S. nuclear navy; he was known as the “Father of the Nuclear Navy.” The nuclear navy had a tremendous safety record due to rules of success that Admiral Rickover developed. These rules are: 1) continuous improvement, 2) hire highly competent people, 3) establish solid supervision, 4) have a healthy respect for the dangers we face, 5) every day is a training day, 6) audit, control and inspect, and 7) learn from past mistakes. These rules are summarized, but if we implement and follow these rules, safety in our Department would improve. Until next time be safe. EMS By: Mike O’Neil Division Chief ALS Competition Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services competed in an Advanced Life Support Competition in Flagler County last week. Team A consisting of Shea Miller, Jeff Lazzeri, James Haag, and Ryan Hardy took the honors with a 1st Place finish. Team B consisting of Robert Parks, Mike Sember, Evan Gaub, and Jonathan Vought took 2nd Place in this competition. This competition in Flagler County was a 24 hour process that consisted of 12 scenarios with over 30 patients. Some of the scenarios involved arriving to a scene in a helicopter, a prison fight, interacting with a SWAT team, rappelling, a fire, riding in an armored vehicle, and beachside scenarios. Our Fire Department has a lengthy history of finishing in the top ranks in various competitions throughout the United States and Africa since 1981. In many competitions, other teams have told us that their goal is to place higher than Boca’s Teams. Earning the bragging rights is fine, but the competitions are some of the best training that is available. Not only do the team members learn a lot, but other members of our Department learn from the team members as well. Congratulations to Team A & Team B. [Picture on Pg. 1] Holiday Season Approaching As the holidays will soon be approaching, I would like to remind you about the spirit of the season. The Forgotten Soldiers Outreach program is a not-forprofit organization that sends care packages and letters of encouragement to the deployed men and women serving in the Armed Forces. For more information on how you can help, I have listed their web site address: http://www.forgottensoldiers.org/ . Organ Donation to Save Lives The Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency is an organization with the University of Miami School of Medicine that I am familiar with. Many years ago my younger brother suffered an irreversible brain injury and his driver’s license indicated he was an organ donor. The decision was made to comply with his wishes and to donate his organs. The agency coordinator commented to me that eight individuals were notified that an organ had been located for them on that Christmas morning. Organ donation is truly a gift of life. For more information about Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency, you may view their website at: h t t p : / / s u r g e r y . me d . mi a mi . e d u / x289.xml or call 800-232-2892. TRAINING & SAFETY By: Pat Kelly Division Chief Hello once again. As you are aware, Division Chief Joe Majhess has assumed the responsibilities of the Training and Safety Officer, and I have been assigned as the Communications Chief. I will be working closely with Division Chief Majhess as we guide and facilitate each other in our new roles. With a new hiring process looming on the horizon, the Training and Safety Section will be very busy for many months to come. I will continue to assist in whatever way I can and ask that you do the same. The next time you see Division Chief Majhess, please welcome him and offer whatever area of expertise you may have. Along the same lines, Victoria Osborn has also Page 7 BOCA FIRE RESCUE been assigned to the Administrative Services Division and will be working closely with Training and Safety. Please take the time to welcome her in her new role and help her feel at home. While I have yet to define my role as Communications Chief, at first glance I imagine a primary function is that of facilitating you in our combined effort to provide the highest level of service that we can. Please feel free to contact me with any recommendations on improving our communications system. We recently completed training with the new F-4, self rescue device which should be placed on all apparatus in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, none of us will ever find ourselves in the situation of having to use the system to escape an above ground fire situation. It’s nice to know that we have the equipment and training if the need arises. As we emphasized in training, this is a “last ditch” system and our focus should be to avoid getting ourselves in this type of situation in the first place. [See page 8 for pictures.] The recently developed Standardized Pump Chart has been placed on all fire apparatus. This document is now the standard for field operations when making fire-ground hydraulic calculations, and will also be the standard for the practical portion of future driver’s promotional exams. As with any such document, it should evolve over time. Please forward recommendations for a future revision of the document to Division Chief Majhess. Jay Bell and Carlos Vidaurreta accept Excellence Awards from Chief Wood for their work with the Department. Special Operations By: Scott Johnston Division Chief Time continues to fly by at a rapid pace, and we are already making our holiday plans. With that being said, I would like to wish all of our members a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season, and please take time out of your busy schedule to spend time with family and friends and, of course, our Brothers and Sisters here at Boca Raton Fire Rescue. One of the best times I have personally enjoyed around the holidays is the Santa Toy Drop. This is a great way to spend time with one another while providing a great community service, not to mention watching the faces of the children (and adults) when we pull around the corner and Santa jumps out. If you have never experienced this, I encourage you to get involved and you will be hooked for life. As the saying goes, we “like it” when a good plan comes together, and I hope you share the same feelings with our new gear now coupled with an F4 escape device. As you know the training was completed in October, and we will be conducting make-up training for those members who missed it. Judging by the feedback we received during the training, I think we have added an important component to the safety of each and every firefighter when working on fire floors above ground level. By the time you read this, the F4’s should be on the airpaks in all of our apparatus. As I also stated during the training, the ultimate goal to work towards is issuing the device as part of our personal protective equipment. [See page 8 for pictures.] I would personally like to thank our instructors, D/C Pat Kelly, Capt. Mike Davanzo, Capt. Aaron Oatley, Capt. Jeff Rupp, FFD Warren Cann, FFD Matt Tupper, FFD Nate Nichols, FF Chris Owen, and FF Neil (Jake) Duffy. Your commitment and enthusiasm for this training was nothing shy of “outstanding.” I would also like to commend all our Chief Officers, including “The Chief” and all our 40hour members for coming out and taking a “slide” on our new devices. Ironically at the end of our second week of our training, I had the opportunity to meet and listen to Joe (Joey) DiBernardo (Ret.) from FDNY Rescue 3 (“Rescue Hook” in the audio recording we played) describe what actually happened on Black Sunday and the physical and psychological injuries Joey and the surviving members had to deal with. Joey now travels the country specifically to speak about the importance of having a bail-out system with you each and every day while on the job. You may be interested to know that on this particular day, Joey decided NOT to take his personal escape rope with him for some reason, which he can’t justify or remember. To clarify, this was prior to FDNY issuing everyone their own personal system. Before Black Sunday, any rope or system was purchased by the member - just like many of us have in the past. Our goal during this project was to supply our members with an ensemble that would provide the ultimate safety factor while working above ground level, and do it prior to being required by NFPA. After all, it was just a couple of years ago that all bunker coats were required by NFPA to have a “DRD” device built in. Keep your eye out to what will soon be required for Firefighter Self Rescue and I think you will look back and say: “We have had that for years!!!” Until next time, Stay Safe. Holiday Season is coming soon; time to change all the batteries in your home fire alarms. BOCA FIRE RESCUE Page 8 Pictures by Jay Bell Captain Thompson Goes Out The Window Firefighter Bautista Goes Out The Window Staging Area Assistant Chief Travieso Hanging Chief Wood Going Down Captain Rupp and Division Chief Kelly Making Sure Assistant Chief Travieso is Hooked Up Properly and Safely BOCA FIRE RESCUE Page 9 Communications, Planning and Emergency Management By: Joe Majhess Division Chief Frank Correggio, Public Information Officer During the last month, our 9-1-1 Communications Center has implemented the new Emergency Police Dispatch (EPD) and Emergency Fire Dispatch (EFD) protocols. Use of these protocols allows call-takers and dispatchers to obtain pertinent information from the 9-1-1 caller by asking a set of standardized questions, determined by the nature of the emergency. Standardization will ensure all pertinent information is collected and passed on to responding police and fire emergency units to help them prepare and plan their response. Additionally, potentially life- saving instructions can be provided to the caller. This was the case during a recent call when call-taker Lilibeth Vargas successfully directed the caller in the sudden and unexpected delivery of his new baby girl prior to the arrival of Fire Rescue units. Quick Thinking Neighbor Helps Firefighters On September 27, 2010, at approximately 2:45 pm, Boca Raton firefighters responded to a structure fire at 435 NE 3rd Street. When firefighters arrived, they found fire on the front porch deck. A neighbor who smelled smoke raced into action and was attempting to extinguish the fire with a garden hose. Fire crews finished extinguishing the fire within minutes. Crews forced the front door of the home open to find smoke inside and used a thermal imaging camera to determine if the fire had made its way into the attic space. Several hot spots were located and firefighters were forced to cut holes in the ceiling, but no fire was found. Fire officials estimate that the fire originated underneath the front porch deck. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. There was no one home when the fire started. Officials estimate the damage under $10,000.00. There were no injuries reported. The use of these protocols is rapidly becoming the international standard and their implementation by the City of Boca Raton will allow our Communications Center to continue to lead the way in Public Safety and Customer Service. Photo by F. Correggio Pastor Joe Guadagnino is honored by Division Chief Johnston and Chief Wood during Pastor Appreciation Week for all the assistance he provides the Department. Vehicle Burns In Homeowners Driveway On September 29, 2010, at approximately 1:00 p.m., emergency dispatchers received a call from a homeowner that smoke was noticed inside a vehicle parked in their neighbor’s driveway in the 1100 block of SW 21st Street in Boca Raton. When the owner of the vehicle opened the door to investigate, flames quickly spread throughout the interior and the convertible top. Boca Raton Firefighters arrived within minutes to find the 1995 BMW 325i engulfed in flames, which reached over 20 feet in the air. Fire crews positioned their hoses to keep the flames away from the structure and quickly extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. Page 10 BOCA FIRE RESCUE Fire Prevention Week Last month, Fire Chief Tom Wood and the members of the Department along with the National Fire Protection Association promoted National Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. This year the theme for Fire Prevention Week was “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With.” With the busy holidays coming up during the months of November and December, Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services suggests you follow these safety tips: Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound. Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer's instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer's instructions for testing and maintenance. Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps” warning you that the battery is low, replace the battery right away. Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 year old or sooner if they do not respond properly. Have an escape plan and practice E.D.I.T.H. (Escape Drill In The Home) with your entire family. Have a fire extinguisher handy and know how to properly use it. Install Carbon Monoxide detectors in your home. Remember, Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services wants you to be safe, and it is time for you to check those batteries in your alarms. For additional information on fire safety, please visit www.nfpa.org. Assisted Living Facility Evacuated After Natural Gas Line Is Ruptured On October 5, 2010, at approximately 10:45 am, Emergency Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call of a natural gas leak at 400 NE 47th Street. It appears that workers struck the line while digging in the area. Fire crews arrived within minutes and noticed gas leaking from a ruptured 2 inch line, and quickly evacuated 12 residents from the Advent Square living facility located on the property. Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services Hazardous Material Team technicians and Florida Public Utilities were able to stop and secure the leak. Advent Square residents were then allowed to return to their homes. There were no injuries reported. Firefighter/Driver Scott Brooks, Firefighter Raul Chacon, Lt. Jamie Smith, Firefighter Shannon Frederick, and Firefighter Paula Ursini Firefighter/Driver Scott Brooks and Firefighter Donnie Mullens clear dirt away from ruptured gas line Photos by F.Correggio **Photos by Jay Bell** Page 11 BOCA FIRE RESCUE Photo by F. Correggio Cardiac Arrest Survivor Meets Rescuers On October 23, 2010, firefighters from Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services met a very special guest. Marty Ball, a chef in Boca Raton, visited Fire Station #5 on West Glades Road and for the first time he and his wife Jacki shook hands with the crew that saved his life. On August 24th at approximately 5 pm, Mr. Marty Ball experienced a heart attack while at work at Florida Atlantic University. When FAU Police Officer Lee Hagenbuch arrived, he found Mr. Ball without a pulse and not breathing and quickly began CPR. Boca Raton Firefighter/Paramedics arrived within minutes, continued the CPR, and initiated advanced life support treatment and defibrillation. This treatment continued while Mr. Ball was being transported to Boca Raton Regional Hospital, where he arrived breathing with a strong pulse and was awake and talking. Mr. Ball and his wife Jacki both thanked, shook hands, and hugged each member of the crew, FAU Police Officer Lee Hagenbuch and emergency room nurse, Cari Presely. Mr. Ball spoke about the incident, took a tour of the station, and revisited the medical unit that transported him to the emergency room. After the tour, everyone sat down for a special lunch prepared by the firefighters. Remember to eat “heart healthy” during the holidays! Smoke Detectors Save Lives… Remember to Change Those Batteries!
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