Bystanders were administering CPR to a 40-year-old linesman whose boom accidentally touched a power line in East Naples when Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived.
Sgt. Charles Frost and Cpl. Daniel Kowal determined that the man had no pulse. Cpl. Kowal quickly used his CCSO-issued automated external defibrillator (AED) and delivered one shock. He and Sgt. Frost then took turns continuing CPR on the man to bring back his heartbeat and breathing so he could go to the hospital for further treatment.
The man walked out of the hospital two weeks later.
On Wednesday, the man’s father gratefully presented certificates to Sgt. Frost and Cpl. Kowal, along with three East Naples firefighters and a Collier County Emergency Medical Services paramedic for their lifesaving efforts on July 3.
“That 40-year-old man was my little boy,” Dan Collins said choking back tears as he thanked them for saving his son Shawn Collins.
Dozens of emergency responders, including seven CCSO deputies, were honored with the prestigious Phoenix Award at a ceremony at Collier County Emergency Medical Services, 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway in East Naples.
The award recognizes local emergency responders who were involved in the rescue and treatment of a patient who has suffered cardiac arrest and was brought back to life after being found without a pulse.
Collins, who recently retired as a captain from DeSoto County Fire Rescue after 26 years, said his son was unable to attend the ceremony to personally thank his rescuers because he started a new job Wednesday.
He said that while his son’s rescuers may think they were just doing their job that day, he wanted them to know what they did was so much more.
“You just think that’s what you do but to me it’s not just what you do, it’s what you did,” Collins said.
The other CCSO Phoenix Award recipients are:
Cpl. Shannon Patton and Cpl. Jack Hazel: On Oct. 5, 2013, Cpl. Patton and Cpl. Hazel responded to a call of a man who was unconscious and not breathing. The deputies partnered to provide lifesaving assistance with CPR and an AED. Paramedics evaluated the patient and found pulses and respirations. The man was later discharged from the hospital alive.
Cpl. Scott Pepin: On Oct. 27, 2013, Cpl. Pepin was on patrol in East Naples when he was dispatched to a call of an 81-year-old man who was not breathing. When he arrived at the man’s residence he found the man unconscious on the floor. He used his AED and CPR to resuscitate him. The man regained his pulse and was transported to the hospital, where he was later discharged alive.
Cpl. Ralph Scala: On Sept. 7, 2013, Cpl. Scala found a 62-year-old man on the floor with CPR in progress. He applied his AED and delivered one shock. The patient became awake and alert. He was transported to the hospital and discharged alive.
Cpl. Daniel Kennedy: On Oct. 26, 2013, Cpl. Kennedy found an 83-year-old woman on her bedroom floor with CPR already in progress by another person in the home. He applied his AED but no shock was administered. He continued CPR. The woman’s pulse and breathing returned. She was discharged from the hospital alive.
Cpl. Daniel Kennedy receives his Phoenix Award for lifesaving from Dr. Robert Tober, Collier County medical director, Wednesday.