Tuesday, October 11, 2011

12 Deputies Honored As Lifesavers

Back row from left: Cpl. Robert Reu, Sgt. Thomas Humann, Cpl. Jeff Boyd, Auxiliary Deputy Ernest  Gangl, Cpl. Adam Hall, Deputy Adam Dillman and Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk.
Front row from left: Cpl. Sylee Gibson, Cpl. Brian Wiedel and Sgt. Terence Smith
Not pictured: Cpl. William Pschigoda, Cpl. Kevin Ward and Cpl. Kasey Wingo

Twelve Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies were recognized Tuesday for their lifesaving efforts.

The deputies were honored with the prestigious Phoenix Award during the Collier County Commission meeting. The ceremony took place inside the commission chambers on the third floor of the W. Harmon Turner Building at the Collier County Government Center, 3301 U.S. 41 E., East Naples.

The Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services developed the Phoenix Awards program in October 1986 to recognize 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.

The 12 deputies and their lifesaving efforts are:

* Cpl. William Pschigoda, Cpl. Jeff Boyd and Cpl. Kevin Ward responded to a call of woman who attempted suicide in her East Naples home in December 2009. The deputies’ efforts helped to revive her while at the scene.

* Sgt. Terence Smith and Cpl. Sylee Gibson were the first to arrive on scene and perform CPR after an 83-year-old East Naples man went into cardiac arrest in December 2009.

* Deputy Adam Dillman initiated CPR and the use of an agency-issued Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to help a 50-year old woman when she was found unconscious and not breathing in her office at Prime Outlets in March 2010.

* Cpl. Adam Hall and Cpl. Brian Wiedel initiated CPR and the use of an agency-issued Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to help a 39-year-old man who was found unconscious in the parking lot of an East Naples Publix prior to the arrival of paramedics in March 2010. Deputies revived the man at the scene and he was transported to a nearby hospital.

* Auxiliary Deputy Ernest Gangl assisted a 63-year-old North Naples man after he went into cardiac arrest in his home by performing CPR alongside the North Naples Fire Department in May 2010.

* Cpl. Robert Reu performed CPR prior to the arrival of paramedics after a 76-year-old went into cardiac arrest at an East Naples golf course in August 2010.

* Sgt. Thomas Humann was off duty when he stopped to assist a 62-year-old man who went into cardiac arrest while riding in a vehicle in North Naples in March 2011.

* Cpl. Kasey Wingo was the first to arrive on scene and begin CPR on a 68-year-old man who was staying at an East Naples motel in April 2011.

The award was named after the mythological Phoenix bird that was consumed by fire, later rose renewed from its ashes, and became a symbol of immortality, resurrection and life after death.