LOCKPORT, N.Y. -- A local EMT received an esteemed state-wide award Friday for his heroic actions.
The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has named EMT Brandon Sutton, of Lockport's Rapids Volunteer Fire Company, 2017 EMS Provider of the Year.
Sutton is being recognized for providing care to a man who was in severe cardiac arrest. Sutton was only 20 years old, and only had his EMT card for just over a year.
The incident happened Wednesday Sept. 14, 2016 at about 7 a.m.
Rapids VFC responded to a report that a 66-year-old man was in cardiac arrest in the Town of Clarence. Sutton was assigned to the ambulance that responded.
When he got to the scene, he told family members to continue CPR and he started preparing an AED. After clearing the scene, Sutton administered a shock to the man in cardiac arrest.
Other members of the Rapids VFC then joined Sutton in responding to the man in cardiac arrest.
After more rounds of CPR and another shock from the AED, the patient was able to breathe again and had a substantial pulse. His condition continued to improve and he was taken to a local hospital for surgery. After procedures to repair his heart condition, the man started the process to recovery, and his family has expressed sincere gratitude to Sutton and the Rapids VFC.
According to a letter submitted to FASNY nominating Sutton for the award: "The officers of the Rapids Volunteer Fire Company feel as though if Brandon would not have had the vehicle signed out for the shift that he did, that the response to the scene of the aforementioned call would not have been as prompt and the outcome would not have been as favorable."
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