Trumbull EMS, Police work together to save a life
A successful day on the job for Trumbull’s emergency responders, both volunteer and career, can mean saving a life.
On Tuesday night a Trumbull EMS crew and members of the police department were recognized at the EMS Commission meeting for helping to save a resident who went into cardiac arrest at home recently.
EMS Chief Joseph Laucella said the incident was a perfect example of the importance of early CPR, defibrillation and continuum of care.
“This ran as smoothly as possible and because of everyone’s hard work this person is alive today,” Laucella said.
Dispatcher Stacey Pettinella handled the call and police arrived quickly, immediately administering CPR. Officers on the scene included Paul Coutinho, Matt Perkowski, Sgt. Phil Hynes and Officer James Sota. A couple minutes after police, an EMS crew arrived to continue care. EMS members involved included Andrew Boone, Roger Tiberio, Kristen Mosher, Meg Carey and Kathy Summ-Brooks.
“They worked on this person and never gave up,” Laucella said.
Police Chief Thomas Kiely joined in congratulating the responders. He also noted that the incident happened on Officer Sota’s first day on the job as a Trumbull officer.
“The system works and it works well,” Kiely said. “All these people make us proud.”
First Selectman Timothy Herbst also came to the meeting to recognize the responders.
“It gives me great pride to see our emergency services working so well together,” Herbst said.
Herbst said this was the end result of making sure public safety has the resources needed to get the job done.
The town hired Laucella as Chief of EMS in March. One of Laucella’s goals was to increase the number of calls Trumbull EMS handles, rather than outsourcing. According to Laucella, Trumbull EMS is handling 96 percent of call volume, up from 74 percent.
Herbst also said that the cardiac arrest save was a good reason to continue exploring a centralized dispatch. Last month, Herbst proposed a task force of EMS, Fire and Police members study the possibilities for centralized dispatch. The Town Council approved the task force.
Laucella said he was happy to have the opportunity to thank his members.
“As hard as our crews work each and every day, it’s rare we get to recognize them,” Laucella said.