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Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009


Just a few observations and comments regarding a tragic situation at the Pontotoc Volunteer Fireman's Barbecue/Fund-raiser. The situation was that an individual collapsed (an apparent heart attack). Members of the Pontotoc VFD, along with other individuals immediately began CPR, and EMS and Star Flight were notified. From my viewpoint, completely professional and timely actions and attempts to revive and save the victim. Unfortunately these efforts were unsuccessful.

The following comments are offered: Star Flight and EMS were immediately notified. I noted that it was some minutes before an EMS vehicle arrived. While there were trained personnel at the scene, I did not note any equipment (blood pressure cuff, oxygen, defibrillator, etc.). An EMS vehicle would normally have such equipment available. Perhaps an EMS vehicle should be temporarily dispatched and stationed at such outlying, large, events thus providing readily necessary assistance to attendees.

A comment was heard that the individual had collapsed earlier and that he had recovered sufficiently to continue his participation at the event only to suffer the second collapse some moments later. Had an EMS vehicle and crew been on the scene, the immediate availability of EMS personnel and equipment would have been utilized following the first incident.

The above is provided, recognizing that I have only limited knowledge of all the facts and circumstances of this incident. I intend no criticism; if taken as such I have not been successful in writing this. My intention is only to assure that all of us are provided the best possible assistance in a timely manner. My condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

Al Dreyer

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