Life saving volunteers honored

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    (Left to right): Mike Fulk, captain of the Ararat Rescue Volunteer Rescue Squad, Brian Burk, Hunter Odum and Ashley Sutphin are among members of the Ararat Volunteer Rescue Squad who recently were honored with a Life-Saving award for their “outstanding performance.”

    Steve Allen, coordinator of Patrick County Emergency Management, (also pictured), said that on Feb. 2, the Ararat squad members responded to a mutual aid call for the Blue Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, and  found a 77-year-old man suffering from “serve chest pain.”

    “After the patient was loaded into the ambulance, the patient went into cardiac arrest,” Allen said. The crew started CPR, applied the automated external defibrillator (AED), according to the release. One shock was delivered via the AED, and the crew administered CPR for about five minutes. The man then regained return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), Allen said.

    The Ararat Rescue volunteers requested a Surry County Emergency Services Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance meet them en-route to the hospital, and less than a week later, on February 8, the patient was discharged from the hospital and returned home.
    The Life-Saving Award was presented during the April 17 meeting of the Ararat Volunteer Rescue Squad.