Saturday, December 4, 2021

Collier County to Honor First Responders Who Resuscitated Patients from Cardiac Arrest

Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department will hold a special ceremony for emergency response personnel who responded to and contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. The Phoenix Awards ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at the Emergency Services Center, 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida 34113.

Named after the mythological bird that died and rose renewed from the ashes, the Phoenix Award is given to first responders who brought back to life, through their highly trained efforts, patients who were clinically dead, with no heartbeat or breathing.

More than 70 emergency response personnel from Collier County EMS, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s fire districts, will receive an award for the 12 patients resuscitated over a six month period. While only 5 out of 100 people survive a cardiac arrest outside the hospital, Collier County far exceeds that average.

Collier County EMS encourages members of the public to partner with civic and other community groups to learn CPR and basic first aid to provide a support structure to assist the skilled responders of the County to save more lives.

Two or more members of the Board of County Commissioners may be present and may participate at the awards.  The subject matter may be an item for discussion and action at a future Board of County Commissioners meeting.

For more information, contact Collier EMS Chief Walter Kopka at (239) 252-3757.

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