Mo. First Responders Awarded for Saving Man's Life
July 12—Emergency personnel with the Webb City police and fire departments were honored with medals earlier this week after they helped save the life of a man who suffered a heart attack.
Police officer Jason Holly and fire Chief Andrew Roughton received awards during the City Council meeting Monday for saving Chris Pippin's life after Pippin wrecked his car into a house and was found unresponsive.
Roughton responded to a call on May 8 from a homeowner on Oakland Street, about a block away from the fire station, shortly after the wreck occurred. Holly, who was nearby, arrived on the scene shortly afterward and helped perform CPR on Pippin while Roughton retrieved an automated external defibrillator from his vehicle.
"I delivered a shock, and we took care of him until the rest of the fire crew, who were on the other side of town on another call, showed up and we turned it over to them," Roughton said. "METS (paramedic services) arrived, transported him to the hospital, and he was able to leave the hospital about three days later. You don't get to see that very often."
Holly said Pippin apparently was attempting to drive to the fire station after realizing that something wasn't right, but he crashed his car before he could seek help. Pippin was able to return home without any complications a few days later.
Holly, who has been with the police department for five years, formerly taught rescue training as a lifeguard.
"When I was a lifeguard, I told people that (CPR) is something that you need to learn for a day that you hope you never have to use it," Holly said. "I couldn't tell you what was going through my head. I just know there was a person in need."
Roughton said he's thankful for the teamwork displayed by the departments to help Pippin. He also credited the city, which had allowed him to purchase defibrillators for all of the fire vehicles a few years ago.
"Six or seven years ago, we didn't have those (defibrillators), so it all just worked out really well," Roughton said. "It was a really good team effort by everybody involved."
Webb City Mayor Lynn Ragsdale said he's glad the situation had a positive outcome.
"These guys have a history of more unhappy endings than happy endings, and the visions and images that they have to go through life with—the traumas that don't end up so well—it's always good when you can put one of these in their memory banks as well," he said.