Fire Service Awards

2015 Annual Awards

Kettering Fire Department held its annual awards ceremony on March 14, 2016, to summarize 2015’s departmental highlights, including employee recognitions for years of service and many exemplary service, and other departmental and city awards.

Years of Service Awards

FF/EMT Eric Kesson

FF Todd Debanto

Capt. Jeff Greenup

FF/EMT Jeff Braun
Capt. Rob Hessinger
FF/PM Steve Reed
Teresa Richardson

Firefighters of the Year

The Firefighter of the Year is awarded to the firefighter, one in each of the career and part-paid volunteer firefighter ranks, that exemplifies the true meaning of commitment and pride in the organization for the current year.

2015 Career Firefighter of the Year: FF/PM Brett Davenport

FF/PM Davenport has been with the department since September 2011 and serves the Kettering Fire Department with pride and integrity as a Career Firefighter/Paramedic. Brett has a vast knowledgebase of the fire service and routinely provides outstanding emergency care while treating his patients with compassion and kindness. Brett has taken the lead on various projects in 2015 including: our Cot Maintenance and Repair program, mentor and coach to new members, and EMS Instructor for the department. FF/PM Davenport also took the initiative to identify, research, and complete three separate grant applications which generated over $60,000 in new funding to allow the department to purchase lifesaving equipment.

2015 Part-Paid/Volunteer FF of the Year: FF/EMT Eric Kesson

FF/EMT Kesson has been with the department since February 2010 and is a dedicated member of our organization. His work ethic is a tremendous asset to the Kettering Fire Department, and he routinely demonstrates his ability to stand out from his peers. One of his nominators said, “He comes to work each and every day with a contagiously positive attitude. His work effort is unmatched within our part time ranks. Eric is self-motivated. He consistently performs projects, whilst not seeking recognition for his efforts.” Eric regularly goes above what is required of his position description and rarely takes downtime.  He uses every opportunity to develop his skills.  FF/EMT Kesson’s hard work and dedication to this department and our community are greatly appreciated. He has earned the admiration and respect of our organization.

Life Saving Awards

The Kettering Fire Department’s Life Saving Award is a prestigious and incredible honor awarded to active duty personnel whose direct actions save the life of person whose heart has stopped beating and shows no signs of life. This award is only achieved when the patient who was clinically deceased is not only resuscitated and regains life sustaining functions, but moreover is able to make a full recovery and resume normal life activities. It is one of the most rewarding accomplishments any member of this organization can make in the course of their career and to know that their actions contributed to saving the life of another human being. To understand the significance of the last statement, the individual that is saved must be discharged from the hospital and resume normal life activities.

> On June 15, 2015, KFD crews from Medic 32 and Engine 37 were dispatched to a nursing home on a report of a patient in cardiac arrest with the staff beginning CPR. Engine 37’s crew was in close proximity and was alerted to a pending call on their Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) and responded prior to dispatch. This allowed the crew to arrive on scene in less than one minute from the initial 911 call! Upon arrival, Engine 37’s crew determined the patient to be in cardiac arrest and initiated Advanced Life Support measures in an attempt to resuscitate the patient. Medic 32’s crew arrived, and the KFD team continued to work diligently over the next 24 minutes to save this patient’s life. After multiple pharmacological interventions, effective CPR and IV and airway therapy, the patient regained a normal heart rhythm and had a palpable pulse. The patient continued to improve en route to Kettering Medical Center, regaining respirations and a good skin color.

This emergency medical incident illustrates the importance of a comprehensive emergency response system which provides rapid 911 call processing and dispatch, emergency medical instructions for pre-arrival CPR, rapid emergency response from field crews, highly trained personnel, and the benefits of state-of-the-art medical equipment. All of these personnel should be commended for their outstanding efforts without which this patient would not be alive today. Therefore, it is our distinct pleasure to award the Kettering Life Saving Award to these crews and dispatchers.

Capt. Rob Hessinger
FF/PM Matt Abel
FF/EMT Brad Gilbert
FF/PM Zach Joyce
FF/PM Scott Perkins

> On August 17, 2015, Ladder 34 and Medic 32 were dispatched to a possible man down. On arrival, crews found a male patient sitting in his garage and complaining of chest pain but refusing to go to the hospital. Recognizing the need for medical attention based on the patient’s signs and symptoms, KFD crews were persistent in their approach to convince the patient for the need for immediate medical care.

During transport to Miami Valley Hospital, FF/PM Matt Eldridge began advanced cardiac care protocols to assess the patient’s heart and initiate Cardiac Alert procedures. While en route, the patient began to feel dizzy, became unconscious, and went into cardiac arrest. FF/ PM Shawn Morgan immediately pulled the medic over and these two paramedics initiated CPR and rapid defibrillation to restart the patient’s heart. Approximately 15 seconds after cardiac defibrillation, a pulse was noted, the patient regained consciousness, and patient care was transferred to MVH’s staff to provide critical cardiac care.

FF/PM Morgan, FF/PM Eldridge   FF/Paramedics Eldridge and Morgan knew through their comprehensive training and field experience that chest pain patients present a high risk for sudden cardiac arrest and that rapid defibrillation and immediate CPR would give the patient the best chance for survival. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an acute cardiac event and quick actions by the crew was vital in their lifesaving actions.

FF/PM Matt Eldridge
FF/PM Shawn Morgan

> On November 3, 2015, Engine 37 and Medic 32 were dispatched to an unknown problem at a local Kettering business. The Kettering Emergency 911 Communications Center dispatchers rapidly dispatched crews within 25 seconds of the initial 911 call, while gaining additional information and alerting KPD crews in the area. The dispatcher was then advised that bystander CPR was in progress by an off-duty Dayton police officer.

Upon arrival of Engine 37 and Medic 32, the crews observed that effective CPR was being performed by DPD Detective Via and KPD Officer Jesika Kelch. The crews Life Saving Awards promptly took over resuscitation efforts, utilizing the Lucas 2 Compression System that our department had recently placed in service from the Firehouse Subs Foundation Grant. Resuscitation efforts continued with IV and pharmacological therapy as well as multiple defibrillations. After significant efforts, the patient regained a pulse and started to breathe on his own. During this time the officers helped wi th information gathering, crowd control and shuttling equipment to the medic. Their assistance proved vital in allowing fire crews to concentrate on the treatment. The patient was transported to KMC Emergency Department for Cardiac Care. This medical incident highlights the key chain of survival components of early recognition and 911, bystander CPR, uninterrupted uninterrupted compressions, and Advanced Life Support interventions from highly trained professionals.

Capt. Rob Hessinger
FF/PM Kris Denlinger
FF/PM Jim McGrath
FF/PM Mike Reigle
FF/PM Frank Woods
KPD Officer Jesika Kelch

> On December 3, 2015, Kettering Fire Crews from Quint 36 and Medic 36 were dispatched to a report of an unconscious person lying on the sidewalk in front of a residence. As crews were responding, the Communications Center advised that the patient was now in cardiac arrest and bystander CPR was in progress. Kettering resident Nichole Wheeler had begun the life-saving interventions by starting CPR. Nichole continued providing CPR until KPD Offi cer Amy Pedro arrived and took over for her. KFD crews took over care of the patient and began Advanced Life Support measures. Within a couple of minutes, the patient had a pulse and was moved to the medic. En route to Kettering Medical Center, the patient’s heart rhythm became unstable and deteriorated into a pulse-less rhythm. The crews resumed CPR with Lucas Compression System machine and initiated pharmacological and electronic therapies on the patient since his heart had stopped again . The patient regained a pulse and began breathing. As the medic approached the Emergency Room, the patient went into cardiac arrest for a third time. Crews resumed CPR and transferred the patient over to the Kettering Medical Center Emergency Room staff. Shortly after transferring care to the hospital, the patient’s heart began beating again.

Capt. Ethan Klussman
FF/EMT Ryan Garver
FF/PM Matt Gerspacher
FF/PM Nick O’Connor
FF/PM Juston Wilson

Stork Pin Awards

The Kettering Fire Department’s Stork Pin Award is a special award given to active duty personnel whose direct actions resulted in the successful delivery of a baby in the field, and the critical efforts taken to ensure the well being of both the mother and the newborn. This award is only achieved when the patient is in active labor and gives birth in the emergency field setting. It is one of the most rewarding experiences any member of this organization can make in the course of their career and to know that their actions contributed to bringing a new life into this world.

> On June 23, 2015, Medic 36 was dispatched to a child birth call with a patient in active labor. While en route, dispatch notified Medic 36 of a full term pregnancy with contractions approximately one minute apart. At this time, dispatch was getting a mutual aid engine from Washington Township to respond with the medic for additional personal needs. Medic 36 arrived on scene and veteran Firefighter/Paramedic Burcham quickly assessed the patient to know that the delivery was imminent. This crew of only two rapidly provided appropriate Advanced Care Life Support for the mother and prepared to deliver the baby. As the Washington Township engine was arriving on scene, Medic 36’s crew delivered the baby boy inside the home and provided care for the newborn.

FF/PM Pete Burcham
FF/EMT Rhys Gast

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