Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Home town heroes

 First responders, civilian honored for saving life of baby 

It really does take a village to raise a child, especially in a life-threatening emergency.

Last week, during the regular meeting of the Northville Township Board of Trustees, 13 first responders were recognized for their heroism in saving the life of a baby during an emergency situation earlier this year. A standing ovation from the audience accompanied the presentation of the lifesaving awards recognizing the exemplary actions of the first responders credited with saving the child’s life.

Last February, emergency dispatchers received a call from Northville resident Abby Salamen who reported an infant in distress who was not breathing and had no pulse. Public Safety Ofc. Carrie Hollingshed provided crucial lifesaving instructions by phone to Salamen until Police Ofc. Chris Bachand arrived on the scene and immediately began to perform CPR on the small child.

When township firefighter/paramedics arrived, they were able to provide Advanced Pediatric Life Support for the child as they transported the baby to the hospital. The child was successfully resuscitated and was later released from the hospital with no long-term health consequences related to the incident.

Township officials presented Lifesaving Awards to the 13 individuals responsible for saving the life of the child including civilian award to Salamen and departmental awards to both Holligshed and Bachand.

Firefighters Chris Wiggins, Mike Mandziuk, Kyle Susewitz, Jake Fedel, Chris Kilinski and Mackenzie Slowik were honored for their lifesaving efforts along with Battalion Chief Brad Neuhart, Lt. Mike Obermiller, Training Coordinator Jesse Marcotte and Fire Marshal Kyle Lewis.

“For the actions taken by these individuals, a child’s life was saved,” said Fire Chief Brett Siegel in presenting the awards. “We want to thank you all for the for service to the Northville community and upholding the finest traditions of the Northville Township Department of Public Safety.”