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Ind. Mayor Honors First Responders for Cardiac Arrest Save



Mayor Tom Henry today recognized individuals from OmniSource, Fort Wayne Fire Department, Fort Wayne Police Department, and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority for helping save the life of a Construction Resources of Indiana employee.

Steve Hoffman of Construction Resources of Indiana suffered cardiac arrest on OmniSource property on January 21. Due to the quick response of OmniSource employees and then public safety and first responders, Hoffman has made a full recovery. Construction Resources of Indiana is owned by Geiger Excavating.

Mayor Henry presented certificates of excellence to the following individuals.

Dan Baxter
Tom Carnall
Rick Edgerton
Cliff Howe (Kenworth)
Nathan Jansen (Kenworth)
Craig Kirkwood
Josh McDougall
David Peters
Alex Richmond
Dammion Schlatter
Randy Sonner
Paul Taylor (Kenworth)

Fort Wayne Fire Department Station 9 on East Pontiac Street:
Lieutenant Brandon Dickmeyer
Firefighter Travis Gase
Firefighter Michael Heastan
Firefighter Rodney Salway

Fort Wayne Police Department:
Officer Kerry Haywood
Officer Ben Springer

Three Rivers Ambulance Authority:
Paramedic Drew Edmondson
Paramedic Bob Kruger

“I encourage all residents of Fort Wayne to learn CPR and be able to respond accordingly in an emergency situation,” said Mayor Henry. “We’re thankful for the positive outcome for Mr. Hoffman and wanted to take this opportunity today to recognize unsung heroes in our community.” 


Hoffman’s story underscores the positive impact of bystander CPR, early defibrillation and the high-quality care provided by the Fort Wayne EMS system.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department provides advanced life-saving (ALS) services to people in need of care. This is a result of a 2016 agreement between the FWFD and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority to allow for a firefighter paramedic or advanced EMT on every fire engine. The FWFD is able to provide life-saving care upon arrival. 

In 2018, the FWFD added 26 ALS personnel to its emergency response bringing the total number of ALS-certified personnel to 52. This year, the department will graduate another 11 firefighters from the advanced EMT course, with another 18 beginning their training by the end of the year.


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