Firefighters Present Lifesaving Award to Fitness/Wellness Center Members

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-42
Date:  June 14, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will recognize several retired and current employees for performing lifesaving measures on a fellow employee, February 24, 2012, at the Fairfax County Employee Fitness and Wellness Center (EFWC). Life Saving certificates will be presented to Mary Butler, Department of Human Resources, Damian Hawkins, EFWC guest member, Minh Huynh, EFWC staff, Lori Jones, Department of Family Services, Nick Taktak, retired county employee, Sandy Weaver, Department of Family Services, and Chuck Wright, EFWC Fitness Director, at 7:30 a.m., Monday, June 18, 2012, at the Fairfax County Government Center, EFWA, Suite 114, 12000 Government Center Parkway. Battalion Chief Edward Brinkley will present the lifesaving certificates.

Working as a well-rehearsed team, fellow employees without hesitation performed multiple and continuing lifesaving actions after noticing Gary Oswald was having trouble while using a treadmill at approximately 6:30 p.m. The team's collaborative efforts provided early detection and intervention by calling 911, performing CPR, retrieving a nearby Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and pressing the AED into action after Oswald became unconscious and had stopped breathing. After using the AED, Oswald's pulse and breathing was restored.

When firefighters and paramedics arrived on scene, they attached an IV line and for a second time needed to use an AED to restore breathing and a pulse. Once stabilized, paramedics transported Oswald to Fair Oaks Hospital. Oswald, from the Department of Tax Administration, has since recovered and returned to work. He will attend the presentation and be available for media interviews.

Fairfax County placed AEDs at several county worksites in 2006 under a centralized public access defibrillation program under the management and oversight of the Department of Finance, Risk Management Division. Using this program, in a joint effort with Fairfax County Schools, hundreds of AEDs are located and maintained at county facilities and public schools with trained volunteers. The public access defibrillation program benefits employees, students, and the community at large because anyone can and may administer live-saving first aid to anyone experiencing cardiac arrest.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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