911, first responders honored for lifesaving efforts

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First responders and 911 workers who teamed up to help save a resident’s life were honored at Thursday night’s County Board of Commissioners meeting. (Photo via Tameca White)

At Thursday night’s County Board of Commissioners meeting, those involved in the successful resuscitation of a resident were honored for their efforts.
“We’re here to celebrate a life and a system that works,” said Chief David Scarbrough with the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
Lewis Harper suffered cardiac arrest at his home in South Fayette County the afternoon of February 9. His wife, Jane, quickly dialed 911 and talked to 911 Supervisor Heather Brown, setting the life-saving ball in motion. The call came in at 4:47 p.m., and first responders were on the scene at 4:52 p.m.
“I am up here to talk about exactly what is the dedication and commitment of the first responders and public safety officers in Fayette County,” said Bernard Brown, 911 Director.
The quick and organized response saved Harper’s life.
“His cardiologist told him that it was just three percent survival rate in his situation,” noted Deputy Fire Chief Tom Bartlett. “It’s a testament to this system.”

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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