Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Two Firefighters Recognized by Wellstar Kennestone Hospital

June 10, 2019

Two Cherokee County Firefighters were recognized today at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center for a call they responded to on the morning of May 9th.

According to Reece Young, one of the firefighters that responded, “Station 7 had already been called twice to this same address. Once we got to the scene we found out that the patient was a veteran and he was lying in bed. We also found out that he was diabetic and had taken a whole vial of insulin. We checked his sugar and it showed that it was dangerously low.” Young finally got the patient to agree to go to the hospital to see what was going on and get some help. The patient was loaded into an ambulance and firefighters worked to get his sugar levels back to a normal range. “Once we got his sugar levels up, I noticed that he still didn’t show any signs of improvement. We did other tests to see if he had a stroke and the results of the tests came back positive,” added Young. It was at this time that the firefighters decided to take the patient to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. Firefighters continued to check his sugar levels as they were traveling to the hospital.

Once firefighters arrived, the hospital staff was still uncertain if the patient actually had a stroke, but, after further testing, it was discovered that the firefighters were correct with their assessment of the patient.

Three days later, the firefighters ran another call to the same address and saw the patient sitting up and said that he did have a stroke. Jennifer Jones, EMS Coordinator for Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, said that she was very impressed with the firefighters. “You did a wonderful job of getting us the information to help us know what was going on with the patient,” Jones added.

Jones and Janie Hatch, the Stroke Coordinator for the hospital, presented Young and Cody James, who was also on the call, with a “Challenge” coin from Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for a job well done.

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Jennifer Jones (left), EMS Coordinator for Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, and Janie Hatch (right), Stroke Coordinator, present James and Young with the Challenge coin.
Jennifer Jones (left), EMS Coordinator for Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, and Janie Hatch (right), Stroke Coordinator, present James and Young with the Challenge coin. (click image for slideshow)
Reece Young and Cody James received the Challenge coin from Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.
Reece Young and Cody James received the Challenge coin from Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.