Photos by Douglas Morrison.
The City of Bellflower hosted its 23rd annual BRAVO Awards ceremony on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the Bristol Civic Auditorium. BRAVO stands for Bellflower Recognizes Acts of Valor and Outstanding Service.
The awards pay tribute to the valor, heroism and outstanding service of deputy sheriffs, firefighters and public safety officers. Individuals who made a significant impact on the lives of Bellflower residents and businesses were also honored.
Featured speakers included Supervisor Janice Hahn, District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby. This year’s keynote speaker was journalist Roy Firestone, while NBC4 anchor/reporter Adrian Arambulo hosted the event.
This year, a dispatcher and personnel from Fire Station 98 were honored for saving the life of a grandmother in November.
Last year on November 30th at 11:04 p.m., the Fire Department received a 911 call for a medical emergency. It was a family member calling about a relative suffering from cardiac arrest.
On the phone, Dispatcher II Jonathon Plasencia guided the family through Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and stayed with them until Engine and Paramedic Squad 98 arrived. Once there, Engine 98 Fire Fighter Specialist Ted Borges and Fire Fighter/Paramedic (FFPM) Ron Castro took over CPR. At the same time, Squad 98 FFPM Troy Boocock and FFPM Adam Knutson initiated advanced life support measures by placing defibrillation pads on the patient’s chest. They delivered external electrical shocks to restart her heart.
Paramedics were unable to establish an IV using standard methods, so FFPM Boocock used a new technique that involves drilling a small hole into the patient’s bone to deliver vital medications and fluids. After 23 minutes of CPR and administering IV fluids, medications and defibrillation, the patient regained her pulse and breathing. She was transported to a local hospital and was later released to go home in December. Through amazing teamwork exhibited by the family, dispatcher, firefighters, paramedics, ambulance personnel and hospital staff, there was a successful and joyous outcome. Today, the woman is alive and can enjoy her life and spoil her grandkids.
Congratulations to the award winners!