MASSENA - Acting Director and EMS Coordinator of St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Craig Ballard presented Massena Rescue Squad members Donnie Morrell, Norm Worden, Jeremy LeFeve and Bruce Manson with an Excellence in EMS award during the Massena Volunteer Rescue Squad's annual awards banquet.
The MVEU members were awarded for their outstanding teamwork with Ogdensburg Rescue, New York State Police Helicopter units and River Hospital in Alexandria Bay and for the seamless transition of quality care to a trauma victim on Nov. 15, 2011.
The Massena Rescue Squad, Massena Police and Massena Fire had been called out to a reported two-car accident Nov. 15, 2011 on South Main Street. Responding units quickly discovered that a motor scooter had been struck by a car. Massena Rescue quickly requested that a state police helicopter be dispatched to the scene of the accident.
Initial reports indicated that a female was operating a motorized scooter and attempted to cross South Main Street in an easterly direction toward the intersection of Leach Street. She crossed into the pathway of a motor vehicle and was struck.
The motor scooter patient was transported by the Massena Rescue Squad to meet with the state police helicopter that was going to land in Alexandria Bay. The patient was then to be airlifted to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.
During transport to meet the NYSP helicopter, an AEMT-CC from Ogdensburg Rescue joined the Massena Rescue Squad crew and assisted in patient care.
The Emergency Medical crew arrived at Alexandria Bay and was directed by the NYSP flight medical team to transport the patient to River Hospital by ambulance to assist with stabilization before the flight to Syracuse. The patient was stabilized and returned by ambulance to the awaiting NYSP helicopter. The patient was then loaded and flown to Syracuse for continued treatment.