Members of the Dix Hills Fire Department Rescue Squad shared the spotlight for a recent rescue effort that saved a person’s life.
The Dix Hills Fire Department Rescue Squad crew was recently recognized for their lifesaving actions and received a Pre-Hospital Save Award from the Suffolk Regional Emergency Medical Services Council.
At 7:08 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2014, the Dix Hills Fire Department rushed to a home after receiving a report of an unconscious man. The district paramedic on duty, Ralph Oswald, arrived on scene soon after and notified incoming units that the 60-year-old man was in cardiac arrest. The patient was at the dinner table waiting to eat when he passed out and his wife called 911, fire officials said.
Oswald, with the assistance of the ambulance crew consisting of Jessica Mattes, Tyler Mielko, and John Marshall, moved the ailing man to the floor and began CPR, while Oswald assembled the Lucas CPR device.
Then, another crew arrived, consisting of EMT Matthew Stio, EMT Richard Sorrentino, Captain/Paramedic Scott DiPino, Michael Englander, Assistant Chief Tom Napolitano and EMT Megan Pereira. Captain/Paramedic DiPino intubated the patient, Oswald started an IV, and with the assistance of the crew, administered numerous cardiac medications and shocked the patient once.
After a few minutes the patient regained a good pulse and blood pressure, and received the new return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) protocol – in essence, a very cold saline/hypothermia treatment. The patient’s condition improved while being transported to Huntington Hospital.
The patient was discharged after several days and is doing well, fire officials said.
Editor’s note: Ralph Oswald died suddenly on Monday, Feb. 9 while on duty with the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps. He went into cardiac arrest while treating a patient, ambulance corps officials said. Oswald was 64.