Five emergency responders, three from La Vista and two from Papillion, received a Lifesaving Award at the Oct. 15 La Vista City Council meeting.
The La Vista Volunteer Fire Department’s Lt. Adam Elbert, Jeff Johnson and Oliver Berglund and the Papillion Fire Department’s Todd Moffett and Chad Lingel were all recognized for their work on an Aug. 27 call.
La Vista Fire Chief Rich Uhl said that two calls came in back-to-back on Aug. 27. While personnel were responding to the first call, a second call came in, this one for an individual having a diabetic reaction. A support vehicle left the first scene, returned to the fire station, and, along with an ambulance, headed for the second call.
When La Vista Police Sgt. Brian Stolley reached the scene, the patient didn’t have a heartbeat. The officer began CPR.
“Our people got on the scene with the ambulance and took over patient care,” Uhl said. “We did defibrillation and CPR and delivered the patient to the hospital.”
There were no La Vista paramedics available, so a call went out for Papillion paramedics.
“When one department needs certain personnel, they can put out a mutual aid call,” Lingel explained. “In this case, they needed ALS (Advanced Life Support) personnel, because theirs was already out on a call, so they needed additional manpower.”
Two Papillion personnel members were available and provided life support for the patient while the La Vista firefighters continued CPR. The patient was able to walk out of the hospital two weeks later thanks to the efforts of these first responders.
“We get a lot of CPR-type calls, but, depending on the circumstances, some are past the point of being able to revive,” Uhl said. “In this particular instance, there was a viable recipient, and we were able to revive the patient.”
Papillion Fire Chief Bill Bowes said he was very proud of the performance of the two Papillion personnel involved. Lingel is a paramedic and Moffett is an EMT.
“It was a very good outcome, and we’re happy for that,” Bowes said. “We’re also very happy we were able to help out La Vista on that call. We have a great mutual aid relationship with them, and this is another example of how we can work together well with them.”
The Lifesaving Award is given by the La Vista Fire Department and the City of La Vista.
“I think it’s a big honor to receive this award,” Lingel said.
Uhl said the award is a special honor, but the department may be giving another such award out soon.
“If all goes well, about five more people will be presented with an award on Nov. 5 for another call that happened,” he said.
Stolley also received a lifesaving award from the La Vista Police Department.