NL firefighters honored for saving a life

New London - Fire Chief Ron Samul commended five New London firefighters Friday for their outstanding individual actions and the teamwork they used while performing life-saving operations on Dec. 22, 2009.

When firefighters responded to a Crest Street residence for a person reported to be not breathing, they encountered a patient in full cardiac arrest, Samul said in a press release.

The firefighters, who were part of an engine company and ambulance working as a team, immediately started cardiopulmonary resuscitation. After connecting with paramedics from Lawrence & Memorial Hospital the team successfully delivered the patient to the hospital, where she was treated in the intensive care unit.

Lt. Ted Sargent and firefighters Mike Leonard, Barry Fuller, Jonathan Cooke and Joe Nott Jr. each received commendations noting their individual skill, experience and professionalism, which prevented a loss of life.

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