Dallas / Fort Worth, TX — July 26, 2010 — After riding 37 miles on a bicycle, most people would likely gulp down a sports drink and rest their tired muscles. After riding 37 miles on July 5, 2010, Fort Worth cyclist Jeff Harrison did something different and utterly amazing. He jumped into the Trinity River and saved the lives of two people.
While others stood by watching in horror as a mother and her young daughter were swept away by the river’s strong current, Harrison alone flung himself in to the water to help. After retrieving the two from the water, he began performing CPR on the mother. Although not formally trained, Harrison performed CPR based on what he had seen on television.
“It takes an incredible amount of courage to take action in a situation like this,” says Zim Zimmerman, Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority Board President and Fort Worth City Council Member. “In this case, Jeff was a bystander who put himself in harm’s way to make a lifesaving difference for these two people.”
Two MedStar ambulances arrived in little more than six minutes after receiving the call and paramedics stabilized the mother, Sandra Walker. Walker and her soon-to-be adopted daughter have since made a full recovery and owe their lives to Harrison’s courageous actions and quick-thinking.
“Seeing Sandra’s family and friends at the hospital and listening to their heartfelt thank you’s through their tears was very powerful,” says Harrison. For a man on the move himself, saving lives appears to be a surprisingly moving experience.
In recognition of his uncommon courage and lifesaving use of CPR, MedStar will present Jeff Harrison with the Community Hero Award at the Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority board meeting on July 28.
MedStar Community Hero Award presented by Councilman Zim Zimmerman
Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority Board Meeting
10:00 am on Wednesday, July 28, 2010
MedStar EMS – 551 East Berry Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76110
Media interviews available
About the MedStar Community Hero Award
This award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the well-being of our community through their support of emergency medical services and courageously rendering aid in an emergency situation by providing timely, accurate and life-sustaining assistance to emergency medical crews. Nominated by MedStar Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Medical Dispatchers, Community Hero Awards are bestowed on an ongoing basis.
Responding to over 100,000 calls each year, MedStar EMS is the exclusive emergency and non-emergency ambulance service provider to over 880,000 residents throughout Fort Worth and 14 other Tarrant County cities including Haltom City, Burleson, Saginaw, White Settlement, Forest Hill, River Oaks, Lake Worth, Sansom Park, Westworth Village, Blue Mound, Edgecliff Village, Haslet, Lakeside and Westover Hills. Established in 1986, MedStar is governed by the Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority board of directors and is one of only 132 ambulance services in the country to receive national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.
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Posted on Mon, July 26, 2010