Last week at the annual Hampshire County EMS Awards Night held in Northampton, members of the Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department were recognized by the group with a "Save Award" for a medical emergency call in town last November. At that call, responders arrived to find a person lying outside in respiratory arrest resulting from septic shock. Responders immediately started emergency procedures to assist the patient. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, the patient was immediately loaded into the town ambulance, Plainfield R10, and transported to the hospital, intercepting with Highland Ambulance for paramedic assistance. The patient was stabilized at Cooley Dickenson Hospital in Northampton before being transferred to a Boston hospital for more advanced care. After a long rehabilitation, the patient is now back home in Plainfield. Awarded "Save Awards" for their efforts with this call were firefighters Claude, Ellen, and Jen Dupont, Cam Lacey, Lt. Matt Hardwick, and EMTs Brian Hawthorne, Captain Mert Taylor, Jr., Asst. Chief David Alvord and Chief Dennis Thatcher, as well as the Highland Ambulance crew.
In addition to the award above, two Plainfield fire officers, Asst. chief David Alvord and chief Dennis Thatcher were awarded Service Awards for 30 and 35 years, respectively, as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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