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First responders honored with Life Saving Award

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Several members of the Deer Park Police, Fire and EMS units were honored with the Lifesaving Award. The awards stem from two separate incidents on back-to-back days in the city. The group was recognized in front of city council during Tuesday’s council meeting at City Hall.

Two Deer Park Police Officers, along with several members of Deer Park Fire and EMS were commended in front of City Council Tuesday and honored with the Lifesaving Award.

The awards were presented by Mayor Jerry Mouton, Police Chief Greg Grigg and Fire Chief Don Davis.

“We are blessed to arrive in time to save lives,” said Grigg. “It’s important to recognize the (persons) who do this and the impact it has on our community.”

On May 17, DPPD Officer Melynda Flores responded to a residence on Kingston Court, regarding a male who had collapsed and stopped breathing. Upon her arrival, Flores began CPR on a male victim until Deer Park Paramedic Jeff Butera and Christina Hernandez arrived on scene to render emergency medical aid. Due to their efforts, the victim regained consciousness and began breathing on his own.

He was transported to a local hospital and made a full recovery.

The very next DPPD Officer Alan Thomas responded to a residence on Galway in reference to a female who was not breathing. Upon his arrival, Thomas observed a female victim lying face up in the hallway unresponsive and not breathing. Thomas immediately began CPR on the female.

While performing CPR on Clark, Thomas was notified by others at the residence a second subject unconscious and not breathing in the adjacent room; and so Thomas contacted dispatch and requested additional support. After several minutes of CPR, the female began to slowly breathe on her own. The second person was pronounced dead.

Deer Park EMS Tracey Smith, Jayton Lening, Josh Hudson, Jay Cloud and Cheri Perches along with firefighter Steven Longenecker responded to Thomas’ call and continued rendering medical aid and transported her to a local hospital. Clark also made a full recovery and was released. The second person did not survive.

Mouton said he was happy that first responders were honored and were able to come together to help families receive a positive outcome in the face of life-altering situations.

“Thank you for leading the departments and doing what you do,” he said. “You often deal with difficult situations.”