VALLEY LEE, Md. – Friday, August 6, 2021, started like any other day for the staff at the Joseph Sacco Firefighting and Safety Training School at Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Valley Lee. The training staff was performing live fire training to recertify the students in Basic Fire Fighting.

After one of the evolutions had completed the students went into the gear room to remove their firefighting gear, one of the students suffered a medical emergency. Staff was present and witnessed the student fall to the ground and immediately rendered aid.

It was found that the student was pulseless and not breathing. The staff immediately began CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and called 911. Assisted by other staff on scene they applied the AED (automated external defibrillator), and a shock was advised, the AED provided the shock and CPR continued.

A short time later the student had ROSC (Return of spontaneous circulation) and began breathing on his own. The patient was transferred to the staff of the Second District VFDRS ambulance and Medic 1 (Advanced Life Support Unit). Further assessment determined it would be necessary for the patient to be flown to an appropriate facility that could treat a STEMI (A STEMI (ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) is the most severe type of heart attack) and the patient was transported via Trooper 7 (MD State Police Aviation).

The staff at the Joseph Sacco Firefighting and Safety Training School are local volunteers with Bay District and other surrounding departments and we wanted to congratulate them on a job well done!

Bay District VFD Members

  • Kyle Adams
  • Brian Ticson
  • Kevin Molitor
  • John Thomas

Second District VFDRS Members

  • Gary Joy
  • Matt Rogers
  • Robbie Springer

Seventh District VFD

  • John Tennyson