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March 24, 2013

‘Citation bars’ presented to Three Rivers Fire Department personnel

Tuesday’s (March 19) meeting of the Three Rivers City Commission brought recognition of six members of the Three Rivers Fire Department (TRFD).

Six members of the Three Rivers Fire Department were recognized during the March 19th meeting of the Three Rivers City Commission. Those honored (left to right) were Fireman Jason Chrisman, Captain Jeff Bloomfield, Fireman Chad Witt, Lieutenant Troy Blackburn, Lieutenant George Phillips and Fireman Nick Abbate. (Click on photo to enlarge)

‘Citation bars’ were presented to Captain Jeff Bloomfield, Lieutenant Troy Blackburn, Fireman Jason Chrisman and Fireman Chad Witt for a ‘CPR Field Save’ in January of 2013 when the TRFD responded to a medical emergency.  While preparing the patient for transport to Three Rivers Health, the patient went into cardiac arrest.  CPR was immediately initiated, and the patient’s pulse was restored.  The patient was later transferred to Borgess Hospital, and was recently discharged.

Blackburn and Witt, along with Lieutenant George Phillips and Fireman Nick Abbate, received citation bars for their Life Saving actions during an ice rescue in February 2013 on Pleasant Lake.  Rescuers arrived to find Robert Horvath of Elkhart, Indiana being held above water by civilians, Jeff and Josh Linn.  Mr. Horvath was successfully rescued within 12 minutes of the initial dispatch, then treated and released from the hospital.

Fireman Chad Witt also received a proclamation recognizing him for his “Act of Valor under extremely dangerous conditions on February 7, 2013” in the ice rescue of Mr. Horvath.


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