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Madisonville Firefighters Recognized for Saving Life of Pennyrile Motorist

photo2MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/18/14) ― Five Madisonville firefighters were recognized for their quick action in assisting a motorist, who was having an apparent heart attack while on the Pennyrile Parkway.

Madisonville Fire Chief Steve Stoltz recognized the five during the Madisonville City Council regular bi-monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 18. Stoltz read from the notice of recognition prepared for the honor.

“These actions reinforce the the fact that quick initial response without delay and dispatch of the Madisonville Fire Department is vital in the protection of the citizens and visitors to the city of Madisonville,” Stolz read.

According to Stoltz report, Central Dispatch sent out an alarm for the fire department to respond to a request for assistance on Aug. 8 for a patient having chest pains at the 44 mile marker of the parkway. Ladder Company 2 was in that area on a training assignment and acknowledged and responded to the call.

Ladder 2’s crew was unable to locate the patient at the 44 mile marker but found them at the 38 mile marker instead. As the fire technicians were performing an assessment, the patient became unresponsive, Stoltz said. So, the quick-thinking crew deployed its automated external defibrillator. The patient showed improvement upon re-evaluation. The crew turned over the patient care to the Medical Center Ambulance Service upon its arrival.

Those recognized were Capt. John Dunning, Engineer Greg Dietrich, firefighters Jared Durban and Tyler Winstead and training officer Capt. Kerri Scisney.

In other business, a municipal order was read announcing that Gregory Leslie Brazier had been appointed as the new Madisonville Fire Department Chief to replace the retiring Stoltz.

Bill Rudd and Dan Buie were appointed to the Housing Authority Commission.

An amendment to an ordinance relating to the sale of alcoholic beverage in the city of Madisonville passed on second reading. The amendment would change the 100-people seating/serving policy to 50-people.

The council reviewed bids for a hydraulic excavator and awarded the bid to Diamond Equipment for $147,900. Street department head Raymond Sanders said while the bid was a little higher than another similar bid, the Diamond Equipment unit would coordinate with other equipment or attachments the department already has.

The city declared the following lots as surplus: 424 Branch St., 552 W. Broadway, 229 N. Church St., 302 Elm St., 500 Hopewell St., 247 Nisbet St., 443 E. Noel Ave., 21 S. Spring St. and 599 Rolling Acres. The city will attempt to sell the lots.

The council authorized Police Chief Wade Williams to purchase two cruisers that were already in the budget.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

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