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Stamford First Responders Honored After Saving Man In Cardiac Arrest

Seven first responders in Stamford are honored for saving the life of a 42-year-old city man.
Seven first responders in Stamford are honored for saving the life of a 42-year-old city man. Video Credit: Jay Polansky
Jean Lauture shakes hands with Mayor David Martin Thursday. Lauture attended a ceremony to honor the seven first responders who saved his life. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

STAMFORD, Conn. — A 42-year-old Stamford man joined a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the city's central fire station to thank the first responders who saved his life after his heart stopped beating while he suffered a heart attack.

“It means a lot for my family — especially my two kids — to be here talking to the fire department that showed up at the scene and the paramedics who gave me the defibrillator and saved me,” Jean Lauture told the Daily Voice. "I appreciate what they've done for me."

On March 10, Stamford Fire Department Engine 4 and Stamford EMS Paramedic 1 were dispatched on a report of an unconscious man in front of 115 Jefferson St. Stamford Engine 4 arrived swiftly, just a little over a minute after the call, fire officials said.

First responders found Lauture, who has lived in the city more than 30 years, unconscious in a car with a running engine at that location. The Engine 4 crew quickly took control of patient care from a bystander who was attempting to rouse Lauture by aggressively rubbing his chest, fire officials said.

After firefighters determined that Lauture didn't have a pulse, they promptly removed him from the driver’s seat of the car and began CPR, fire officials said.

A “LUCAS Tool” was applied and took over manual chest compressions. City officials credited the first responders' quick action with the incident's positive outcome. 

Seven first responders were received an EMS Award for their outstanding life-saving efforts:

• Lt William O’Connell

• Firefighter Michael Orawsky

• Firefighter Dante Vartuli

• Probationary Firefighter Adam Japha

• Paramedic John Iossa

• AEMT Jamie McEwen

• EMT Robert Vankeuren of Stamford EMS

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