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A Heartfelt Reunion

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Armstrong Ambulance has long been a proud partner of Boston College. As part of this partnership, Armstrong provides coverage for BC Eagle football games held at Alumni Stadium.

This past fall, towards the end of the Eagle’s football season, a call came in for an unresponsive fan in the upper deck bleachers of Alumni Stadium. Upon arrival it was assessed that the patient was in cardiac arrest. Crews from Eagle EMS and Armstrong Ambulance worked together to start CPR, defibrillate the patient and apply the Lucas device (a piece of specialized equipment which provides automatic chest compressions). The patient, Gregory F., was extricated from the floor of the stands and taken to the ambulance where he had a return of spontaneous circulation. He was immediately transported to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, where he subsequently made a full recovery.

On Wednesday, March 23rd, Gregory’s family, the Eagle EMS crew, St. Elizabeth’s staff and Armstrong’s Rich Raymond, Mike Kass, Keegan Blute, Sam Dickens, Sean Mangan, Antone Newell and Jeff Scafidi gathered together for a reunion. All of those involved in Gregory’s care were able to meet and speak with him and his grateful family. An overwhelming sense of warmth was felt as Gregory recounted the heartfelt story of his experience that day and how appreciative he is to have a second chance at life.

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Gregory looks forward to watching more BC games from the bleachers and Armstrong will definitely be there as well!


Special Delivery

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On January 26th Mike and Sandra Melvin were driving down I-93 South on their way to Beth Israel Hospital in anticipation of the delivery of their baby girl. Stuck in traffic, Sandra realized they were not going to make it to the hospital in time prompting her husband, Mike to call 911.

Crew members Scott Shedd, John Hardiman, Amanda Roberts, Bridgette Jenness and Peter Melo arrived on the scene to quickly transport the couple to their intended hospital but baby Catherine had different plans… The team re-routed to nearby Winchester Hospital where baby Catherine was delivered inside of the ambulance in the parking lot- Mom and baby were phenomenal!

Now, four weeks later, Sandra, Mike and their son William came in to meet the crews that helped bring baby Catherine into the world. We aren’t sure who was more excited, brother William who got to play in the Ambulances or the crew members who got to reunite with baby Catherine.

We are very thankful for the amazing teamwork of our crews and to the Melvins for sharing their family with us today!

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Arlington EMS Comes Together to Fight Opiate Epidemic

In 2015 Arlington Chief of Police Fred Ryan announced a new program to combat the opioid epidemic that is currently afflicting New England.  From aggressively committing to enforcing drug laws to providing various treatment options for struggling addicts, the town of Arlington is creating a community-based strategy to stop the rising death toll.

Part of this initiative has been increasing the availability of the overdose treatment, Narcan. There were 40 overdoses reported in Arlington last year and five reported overdose deaths. However, Since the Arlington Outreach Initiative launched in July there has been no reported opioid related deaths in Arlington. From July on, Arlington Police, Fire and Armstrong Ambulance medics administered Narcan 29 times to reverse potentially fatal heroin and opioid overdoses.

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Armstrong Donates to St. Agnes School

Armstrong was pleased to donate an AED to St. Agnes School in Arlington in an effort to keep their students, teachers and visitors safe. Pictured are Rich Raymond, Armstrong CEO, Jeff Scafidi, Armstrong Director of Logistics, Bill Porcaro, MD, Parent/Board Member, Kelly Edwards, School Nurse & Bob Penta, Principal.

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Armstrong and Eagle EMS Team-Up To Save Fan

 

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At the Boston College Eagles football game this past weekend, stellar care was provided by Eagle EMS and Armstrong’s: Keegan Blute, Jim Brooks, Sam Dickens, Sean Mangan, Antone Newell, and Jeff Scafidi.

A call came in for an unresponsive fan in the upper deck bleachers of Alumni Stadium. Upon arrival, it was assessed that the patient was in cardiac arrest. Eagle EMS and Armstrong EMS worked together to start CPR, defibrillate the patient and apply the Lucas device. The patient was extricated from the floor of the stands and taken to the ambulance. In the ambulance, the patient had a return of his pulse and blood pressure and arrived doing well at the hospital.

The next day, we received compliments and gratitude from the patient’s physician who credited the team efforts and talents of Armstrong and Eagle EMS for saving this fan’s life.

Incredible work!


Armstrong Teams Up With Lexington Fire For Bus Rollover Simulation

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In a follow up to the Lexington School Bus Rollover/MCI drill on October 9th, we received a kind letter from Lexington Fire Department’s Assistant Fire Chief, Kenneth Tremblay.

On behalf of Stacy Gillis, Tremblay stated that “Working with Stacy over the past three years, I have never been disappointed with the service level she provides in the form of EMS education and resources.”

And for the crew of Jacob Nielson-Phillips, Nicholas Herold, Ashley Smith and Samantha Bates, Tremblay believes that they “could not have provided realistic training without them.”

We’d like to extend a big thanks to the crew involved in this simulation. Your professionalism and dedication are highly regarded.

If you’d like to read more about the Bus Rollover Drill check out this awesome article.


We Love Our Employees!

You’ll often find her name mentioned in our “Catch Your Colleague Doing Something Great” section or sharing her brilliant Irish sayings. So it comes as no surprise that our very own Denise Trimble has been honored at the Irish Echo’s Golden Bridges Conference. Check her out pictured above with Mayor Marty Walsh!

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Golden Bridges spotlights community, business, education, arts and culture initiatives in northwest Ireland and promotes partnerships with their peers in Boston and Massachusetts. Denise is among those being honored for forging transatlantic links that build our communities and countries.

Congratulations, Denise!


Armstrong wins big at region III awards

Armstrong Ambulance is pleased to announce that our talented crew members recently received two awards given by the Office of Emergency Medical Services, (OEMS), Region III.

The first award was given for “Team Response” and was presented to Medics, Davin ForsJaime Albano and Wayne Gilbert as well as EMTs Richard BarnesElliot BurshteinAnthony CaseJon Gould and Kimberly Vermilya.

Teamwork In Action

On July 22, 2015, a bus carrying nine special needs passengers was struck by a car in Medford. Due to the mental states of the passengers, a MCI was declared. Subsequently, all patients needed to be transported due to their inability to accurately assess the situation and sign refusals if they so chose. The Armstrong team did a phenomenal job with minimizing the confusion of the situation.

Additionally, all crew members calmed the passengers and quelled their fears as they planned a course of action. The Armstrong crews were able to care for and transport all of the patients to two area hospitals. After transferring care to the facilities, the crews remained at the hospitals to assist staff with researching information regarding the patients as well as assisting the facility staff with helping the patients feel comfortable in what they perceived as an intimidating and upsetting setting.

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(Armstrong Field Operations Manager, Davin Fors, accepting the “Team Response” award)


The second winner was Paramedic Scott Morency for “Educator of the Year”.

Educator Extraordinaire

“Scott is an enthusiastic and engaging instructor who consistently receives high marks from his students. In addition to his duties as an ACLS and PALS instructor, he serves as Armstrong’s lead EMS instructor and Clinical Services Manager. Whether engaging with fellow EMS colleagues, skilled nursing facility staff, municipal partners or community attendees, Scott is masterful with his communication, thus insuring that information and skills are effectively received. Scott never approaches each teaching moment with a “one size fits all” attitude.”

 

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(Clinical Service Manager, Scott Morency receiving his “Educator of the Year” award)

We could not be prouder of our Armstrong crews and we thank them for their continual hard work and dedication to our patients and partners.


“Medford Overcoming Addiction”

Armstrong was happy to support the City of Medford’s “Overcoming Addiction” organization by providing EMT services at their First Annual Kickball Tournament. This incredible group is focused on “joining together to battle the disease of addiction” and their passion can certainly be felt.

Armstrong EMT, Pete Reed, was touched by the kind words he received from attendees. In Pete’s words: “I received so many heartfelt thank you’s from families that Armstrong has helped in Medford. It gave me a sense of pride knowing that the Medics and EMTs mean so much to these families.”

Pictured are EMT Pete Reed with event organizers Janell Rocco, Alysia Lagambina and Mike Phillips.add