St. Amant Volunteer Firefighters honored for life-saving efforts
POSTED: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 1:45pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 1:49pm
ST. AMANT, LA — Two new-comers to the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department have been recognized for saving the life of a St. Amant resident by performing CPR.
St. Amant Sergeant Shane Stuntz, who has been a member of the St. Amant Department for less than a year, and Firefighter Jake Blanchard, a member of the St. Amant Department for less than six months responded to an unresponsive resident not breathing on March 29, 2012 at 4:00 a.m. in the morning.
The area they responded too is the longest distance for any St. Amant Firefighter to travel in our district, stated Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc. The Amite River Road takes our emergency responders out of Ascension Parish, through Livingston Parish then back to Ascension, stated LeBlanc. For the past fifteen years we have dispatched Livingston Parish to our Primary Coverage Area before actually dispatching our own department, simply because their fire department was closer than ours. Our goal has always been to get fire and medical treatment to those Ascension residents as fast as possible, no matter what department or Parish responded, stated LeBlanc.
In January 2012 we reached a goal we have been working on for years, and that was to place an Emergency Response Vehicle on the Diversion Canal to respond to medical and fire calls in that entire area.
In the early morning of March 29, 2012 when the medical call came out, Sgt. Stuntz and Firefighter Blanchard were enroute and on scene within three minutes performing CPR on the St. Amant resident. An automated external defibrillator unit, known as an AED, was also used on the call, stated LeBlanc.
As a result, the St. Amant firemen received a plaque for their achievement and were named the March 2012 – “Firefighters of the Month” The firemen received their plaque at the recent St. Amant Fire Department monthly business meeting in front of all their peers.
“This was a successful CPR/AED save, to the point that the St. Amant resident recovered fully and went home,” stated Chief LeBlanc. “They were able to perform CPR, including the breathing and chest compressions and they continued CPR until paramedics came on scene”, stated LeBlanc. They also rode to the local hospital with the patient.
“The fire department was the first medical personnel on scene and provided medical care before paramedics arrived”, stated LeBlanc.
“Sometimes it’s those critical moments of care that is the difference between life and death. This kind of thing is the core of why we provide emergency medical care in Ascension Parish; to provide assistance in the first few minutes of any call,” stated LeBlanc.
Both Sgt. Stuntz and Firefighter Blanchard live on the Diversion Canal, without their quick response and also living in this area, I strongly believe this St. Amant resident does not survive.
This is the Sixth St. Amant resident to be saved in the past ten years by CPR and AED efforts, stated LeBlanc.
We are very proud of all the Volunteer Fireman in Ascension Parish and across the State of Louisiana.