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Lynbrook Firefighters and Police Officer Honored

Story by  Ex Captain Steven Grogan - Photos by George McCloskey


At the Lynbrook Village Board meeting on November 21, 2011, members of the Lynbrook Fire Department, and a Lynbrook police officer, were honored for life-saving efforts over the past year and a half.  They were honored for the following events: 

On April 20, 2010, Ex-Captain Tracey LaBarbara of the Emergency Medical Company revived a man found not breathing after collapsing while eating.  Tracey was able to remove a obstruction in the man’s throat and revived him.  Tracey also responded assisted with the saving of a window washer who was electrocuted on November 27, 2010.  The man lived.  Tracey also assisted in the revival of a three year old on December 7, 2010.

On May 10, 2010, Lynn Curtis of the Emergency Medical Company, revived a man who collapsed in a deli and was in cardiac arrest.  Lynn used an AED but without success.  While in route to the hospital in the LFD ambulance she was able through intubation, intravenous meds, and additional shock, to revive the man.  The man survived and later brought Lynn flowers at the Medical Company.  Also, on November 2, 2010, Lynn responded  to an MVA rollover on Atlantic Avenue.  The driver, a retired FDNY member, was profusely bleeding from a facial wound as well as a back injury.  Lynn immediately controlled the extensive bleeding saving the man from death.  The driver also made a complete recovery.

Both these individuals were honored by the Nassau Regional Emergency Medical Services Council Awards Dinner on September 18, 2011, at the Crest Hollow Country Club.  Tracey received Honorable Mention as Advanced Life Support Provider by the association.  Lynn was awarded Excellence in EMS Activities Award.

On April 13, 2011, a two and half year old child fell into the water filled cover of a backyard pool.  Chief Anthony DeCarlo, of Tally-Ho, was first on the scene and was able to get water from the baby’s mouth before Ex-Captain Cathy Bien, of the Emergency Medical Company, arrived and took over and gave thrusts to the baby’s back and more water came out.  Rescue breaths were then instituted and the baby began to breathe.  Cathy was assisted by Ex-Captain Clayton Murphy, of Vulcan Company, and Ex-Captain Richard Straub, who assisted.  Instead of waiting for the ambulance to arrive the chief decided to transport the child in the chief’s car.  The chief, Cathy, Richard, and Clayton jumped in and proceeded to the hospital.  While arriving at the hospital the baby started to cry.  The child was later transferred to LIJ Children’s hospital and fully recovered.

On September 2, 2011, a couple’s grandson, age 11 months, had a seizure.  Lynbrook Police Officer Steve Takas and Ex-Captain Richard Straub were first on the scene and assessed the situation.  They then jumped into the police car and transported the baby with lights and sirens to SNCH where a team was waiting for them.  The baby is doing fine.  In a letter to the mayor’s office, the grandparents wrote, “Their respective departments must be very proud to have men such as this serving their departments.  My family and I are extremely grateful for the competency and urgency of these professionals.” 

Additionally, Michael Kenny, of Engine Company, was recognized for his recent award as the 2011 Town of Hempstead Firefighter of the Year.

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02/19/17 16:28

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