Vienna EMS honored at banquet

BROOKFIELD — The four Vienna paramedics who helped save the life of a man critically hurt when he was struck in the head by a propeller at an aviation mechanics school were honored recently for their effort.

Matt Gordon, Haley Martin, Mike Hagood and Dan Jamison accepted the Trauma Award for their life-saving work March 27 at the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

They were presented the honor at the second annual EMS Stewards of the Community awards, held during National Emergency Medical Service Week.

Martin, who has been an EMT with the Vienna Fire Department for about two years, said nothing prepared her for that day.

“It feels good to know he’s doing well and is here with us today,” Martin said. “I never want anything bad to happen, but I’m glad I get to help.”

The four paramedics were grateful to receive the award, but they were more grateful to hear the person they helped during the accident was going to live.

“When you get a call like that, you are not thinking of a really good outcome because of the situation of what it was and stuff. You are just thinking of what I can do when I get there,” said Vienna fire Assistant Chief Michael Hagood. “These guys jumped in and knew exactly what had to be done, and we did and we got him to the ER real quick, to the trauma center.”

Zachary J. Norris, 20, was hit in the face by an airplane propeller at PIA hangar. Other PIA students were working on an engine when he and another student were both struck when the engine started.

Norris was recently transferred to a long-term health care facility in Boardman. The other student suffered an arm injury.

Gordon added “it was all hands on deck” to save the student because he was wounded so badly. He said they had to throw their emotions aside and do everything they could to stop the bleeding.

Jamison, though honored to receive the award, admitted he doesn’t like the spotlight.

“We’re always there to help, it’s what we do,” said Jamison. “This was the worst call I’ve ever received. I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.”

The Trumbull Regional Medical Center and Sharon Regional Medical Center each awarded six awards to EMS workers.

The awards given out were for showing outstanding medical care during a traumatic event, successfully resuscitating an individual on the verge of dying and for outstanding medical care in the event of a heart attack as well as awarding a Steward of the community for his work on the job and in the community and an EMS Professional of the Year.