Life Saving Commendations
On Monday, July 15, 2019, the Mendon Board of Selectmen recognized Dispatcher LeBlanc, Officer Palmer, and Sergeant Hoar along with the members of the Mendon Fire Department who responded to a report of an unresponsive teenager named Charlie who collapsed on the NEFC Soccer Fields on Cape Road in Mendon. Also presented were letters of commendations by both Police Chief Kurczy and Fire Chief Kessler to the members of their respective department who responded to the call. Charlie could not attend because he was with his soccer team in Colorado playing in the national finals, however he did send us a video that is located below.
The call came in on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at approximately 8:22 pm. The Mendon Regional Dispatch Center received information about a teenage male who collapsed at the NEFC soccer fields and was unresponsive and did not have a pulse. Dispatcher Jessica LeBlanc promptly dispatched police and fire resources to the call. On arrival, police and fire personnel found bystanders performing CPR, they then took over performing CPR. The youth was placed on a cardiac monitor by the responding EMS crew and was found to be in ventricular fibrillation, and was subsequently shocked. The shock that was delivered put the heart back into a regular rhythm, and the patient began breathing again.
Pictured from left to right is (Back Row) Fire Chief Kessler, Fire Lieutenant Burnham, FF Rich, FF Kelley, Sergeant Hoar, Officer Palmer, FF D. Fleury, Police Chief Kurczy. (Front Row) Stepfather John Melvin, Mother Gerri Rubin, Selectmen Burke, Selectmen Tinio, FF A. Taft, FF Phipps.