Firefighters rewarded for lifesaving work
The Hillsboro Fire Department recognized a few of its finest this week, with a special ceremony held Thursday, Feb. 8.
Hillsboro Fire Chief David Downey honored several firefighters for their lifesaving work. Lieutenant Todd Eckhardt, Engineer Chris Vachter and Firefighter Luis Mota were given a Distinguished Unit Citation for their response to the wildfires in California last December. The crew was part of a Washington County team that helped battle the Thomas Fire in California, the largest in that state's histry.
Downey also recognized the work of two firefighting crews who provided critical lifesaving care to a 15-year-old boy who collapsed in cardiac arrest at Liberty High School last fall.
Firefighters from the department's Ronler Acres and Cherry Lane stations were awarded the department's Distinguished Unit Citation after firefighters were called to Liberty High School and found a Hillsboro Police school resource officer and a school nurse performing CPR to high school student Quillen Franklin, who collapsed outside the school. Paramedics took over lifesaving efforts and restarted the boy's heart before transporting him to the hospital.
Lieutenants Vince Rosatti Mark Evans, engineers Tyson Wellington, Chris Vachter firefighters Eric Keim, Nick Johnson and Nigel Benshoof and recruit firefighters Josh Wilson, Sean Grey and Trevor Sievers received the commendation.
"Hillsboro Fire and Rescue encourages each and every member of the public to learn hands only CPR and insert yourselves into these life and death situations until emergency responders arrive," said Mark Prince, the deparment's Deputy Fire Chief. "Early bystander CPR is one of the most critical steps in achieving a positive outcome in a person who unexpectedly goes into cardiac arrest."
At Thursday's ceremony, Downey also welcomed recently hired firefighters at a swearing-in ceremony and honored the heroic efforts of other crews who have responded to significant incidents over the last several months.
During the ceremony, division chief Mike Trabue was sworn in as the department's new assistant fire marshal overseeing the department's fire prevention and public education Division. Trabue came to the city of Hillsboro from the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal, where he served as an assistant chief deputy.
Two newly sworn members, firefighters Ryan Frutiger and James Lee, were also sworn in.