|Posted on August 12, 2017 at 8:30 PM|
TRI-COMMUNITY IS VERY PROUD TO CONGRATULATE BRANDON SUTTON, WHO ALSO IS AN ACTIVE
RESPONDER WITH TRI-COMMUNITY AMBULANCE SERVICE, INC.!
VERY GOOD WORK, BRANDON!
READ THE NOMINATION BELOW:
On September 14, 2016, Rapids Volunteer Fire Co. members were alerted by Amherst
Fire Control to respond to a cardiac arrest emergency for a 66-year-old man in the
Town of Clarence. A Rapids EMT had the Company’s emergency ambulance service
vehicle and was able to respond immediately.
EMT Brandon Sutton, then 20 years old, had only had his EMT-Basic card for less than
a year at the time. Upon arrival at the scene, EMT Sutton used an AED to shock the
After a complete cycle of proper CPR (compressions and ventilations) for two minutes,
he did a rhythm check. The patient was shocked again and a sustainable rhythm
ensued with a palpable pulse. The patient began to breathe on his own immediately
and a strong carotid and brachial pulse was monitored.
Within two minutes of the second shock, the patient began to show signs of
improvement as a Twin City ALS ambulance arrived and took over patient care. The
patient was transported to Buffalo General Medical Center, where he was taken to the
cardiac cauterization lab immediately upon arrival for an emergency cardiac angiogram.
About two months later, he underwent cardiac bypass surgery to improve his heart
function. He underwent five procedures successfully.
Following the actions of EMT Sutton and the rest of the Rapids Volunteer Fire Co.,
the family sent numerous thank you cards to the fire station. They were read off at
company meetings and posted for everyone to appreciate. The family also graciously
made a donation to the fire company.
EMT Sutton has been a top responder in all natures of calls and is always around to
help with non-incident functions like meetings, fundraisers and drills. He has such a
passion for EMS that he is currently taking the New York State AEMT course at nearby
Niagara County Community College.
The officers of the Rapids Volunteer Fire Co. feel that if EMT Sutton had not had the
emergency vehicle signed out for the shift on the day of the incident, the call would
not have been as prompt and the outcome possibly would not have been as favorable.
This event goes to show the passion and professionalism that EMT Sutton has for his
___Adapted from a nomination submitted by Rapids Volunteer Fire Co. EMS Captain Brent Ast, AEMT-CC