Responders honored this week

Several special people were recognized by the Augusta City Council at this week’s Council meeting.
Augusta law enforcement officers were called to the home  of Patrick Alfrey on the morning of July 24, 2018, in response to Alfrey’s complaints of difficulty in breathing.  Following attempts with breathing treatments without success and observing the resident in severe respiratory distress, the officers called 911.
Butler County EMS responded and after a short time on the scene, Alfrey was unresponsive and stopped breathing.  Officers and EMS personnel  were unable to find a pulse and began immediate CPR.  
A breathing tube was  used and the patient was given Epinephrine, at which time a pulse was regained. Alfrey was moved to the ambulance and transported to the hospital, where he recovered.  
Augusta Director of Public Safety Bob Sage stated, “It’s a particular honor to be here to recognize four emergency service workers.  I’m a little biased, but I believe emergency service workers are a particularly special lot of people,” he continued,   “On July 24th they demonstrated their commitment to their training and profession and dedication to their fellow citizens.  Their actions directly resulting in the saving of a life – Mr. Alfrey.”
Scott Stueven, Executive Director Butler County EMS, also  recognized the responders.
“I’ve been in EMS for over 20 years and I can tell you there are 2 events in an Emergency Responders career that give us the reason to keep going.  One is to deliver a baby.  It’s about bringing life into this world.  The other is  saving someone’s life.  Bringing life, back into this world.  And what make the 2nd even better is when we are able to shake the hand of the person you saved.”Stueven advised that over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests that EMS cares for every year, the survival to discharge is about 12%.  And of those only about 9% discharge with a good neurological outcome.
He further explained that in Butler County, as of 2016, the viable cardiac arrest return a of pulse was about 30%.  And of those that survive have about a 50% discharge with good neurological outcome.  
“This is due heavily to the amazing responders we have in this county.  Especially in Augusta.”