Medina Fire and Police Release Joint Statement on Near Drowning and Life Saving Procedures

“This is a joint press release on behalf of the Village of Medina Police and Fire Departments concerning a critical call within the Village.

“On Friday June 5th at 18:26 hours, dispatchers at the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office received a frantic 911 call reporting a drowning at an address inside the Village of Medina.

“As the dispatcher was trying to gain more information from the caller, another dispatcher simultaneously dispatched the police and fire departments.  Units immediately responded and were updated en route that it was a child who was now removed from the pool by a family member, and that the child was not conscious or breathing.  A police officer arrived within one minute from the time of the initial call, taking over CPR from a family member and neighbor who had initiated care prior to the arrival of Village resources.

“The officer began a series of back blows and chest compressions, and then carried the child to the ambulance where a team of on and off-duty firefighters took over patient care.  The child was in cardiac arrest and advanced life support treatments were initiated.

“Firefighters on scene achieved a return of spontaneous circulation.  The patient was then transported to Medina Memorial Hospital for further care while awaiting a medevac unit from Mercy Flight for transport to Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

“We have been in contact with the family.  Although, the child is still being treated at the hospital, and is conscious and talking.

“The family wishes to remain anonymous at this time, but also, they would like to express their gratitude to all personnel and agencies involved with this incident.

“This incident highlights the training and hard work of many in the chain of survival.  Early recognition, calling 911, professional dispatching, bystander CPR, quick response of the police and fire departments, a talented hospital staff, specialty air transport by Mercy Flight, and the specialized care offered at Oishei Children’s Hospital.  All those things together led to a successful outcome, highlighting that each link in the chain is vital.

“Both agencies would like to recognize efforts of all Village Officers and Firefighters who responded to this incident.  Responding from the Medina Police Department were Officers Reeves, Zangerle and Prawle. 

“From the Medina Fire Department, the on-duty crew of Captain Young along with Firefighters Simmons, Urtel and T. Miller.  The off-duty crew members were Lieutenants Cooley and Crooks, along with Firefighters Fisher and Long.”