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N E W S   R E L E A S E

 

July 10, 2013

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:         

 

District Chief Robert S. Ryalls, Fire/EMS Public Information Officer
757-565-7603, 757-876-5051; bob.ryalls@jamescitycountyva.gov     

 

JCC Emergency Communications Officers recognized for their life saving actions

 

Two James City County Emergency Communications Officers have been recognized for saving two lives.

 

Senior Emergency Communications Officer James Robinson


On May 16, Senior Emergency Communications Officer James Robinson received a call regarding a 58-year-old male who was slumped over and unconscious but appeared to be breathing. The caller could not wake the patient and was not able to locate a pulse. Two minutes into the call, the patient went into full arrest when the sound of breathing stopped.

 

Robinson gave step-by-step CPR instructions to the caller for more than five minutes, counting out loud and encouraging the caller to continue compressions until the paramedics arrived. Because of the instructions provided by Robinson, the patient survived. 

Robinson
 

Master Emergency Communications Officer Amy Starcher


On June 5, Master Emergency Communications Officer Amy Starcher received a call regarding a 57-year-old female who was choking on food.The patient’s son stated that her lips were turning blue and he needed help right away. Starcher gave him step-by-step instructions in the Heimlich Maneuver. Only seconds into this process, the patient collapsed and stopped breathing. Starcher assisted the son with CPR instruction until the paramedics arrived. Because of the instructions provided by Starcher, the patient survived. 

 

Robinson and Starcher are two shining examples of how James City County’s Public Safety Emergency Communications Center operates as an integral role in the “EMS Chain of Survival”. They have been added to the Center’s “Tree of Life” plaque that displays the names of the Public Safety Communication Officers and the dates when they “saved a life”.

Starcher

 

Photo captions:

 

Senior Emergency Communications Officer James Robinson pictured with Julie McKercher, Director of Emergency Communications in James City County.

 

Master Emergency Communications Officer Amy Starcher pictured with Julie McKercher, Director of Emergency Communications in James City County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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