Monroe County Fire Rescue Station 8 crew Raymond Zamora, Rafael Calante, Andrea Thompson and Brandon King – and Trauma Star Flight crew Roger Torres and Pedro Carrillo – were honored Saturday with the Phoenix Award for saving a 47-year-old man who was in full cardiac arrest. Monroe County Fire Rescue Captain Ryan Johnson presented the awards.
The Phoenix Award, named for the mythical bird who rises from the ashes unscathed, is presented to emergency responders who restore life to a patient and that patient is able to return to a similar quality of life. The average survival rate for an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is about 10 percent, according to the American Heart Association.
In mid-January, crew from Station 8 rescue met Ricky Bryan in Miami for an emotional and joyful reunion. Bryan, from Perryville, MD, was in full cardiac arrest with no pulse when they responded Jan. 2 to a medical emergency at Boyd’s Campground on Stock Island. Bryan’s close friend had begun CPR.
Monroe County’s medically trained firefighters took over and for the next 30 minutes continued the life-saving efforts, which included 10 defibrillations. Bryan coded five times before the crew was able to stabilize him enough to be flown by the County’s Trauma Star air ambulance to the University of Miami Hospital.
Today, Bryan, who was an avid runner before the incident, said he should be able to start running again upon completion of his 36-week cardio rehabilitation program. Laughing, he also added that his ribs are still sore.
Photo by Monroe County Fire Rescue: Monroe County Station 8 crew receives a Phoenix Award for a cardiac arrest call on Jan. 2, 2019. The award is presented to emergency responders who recover life from someone who has flatlined. Captain Ryan Johnson, left, presents the award to Raymond Zamora, Roger Torres, Andrea Thompson and Rafael Calante. Not pictured, but also honored, are Brandon King and Pedro Carrillo. Ralph Rios piloted Trauma Star on that day.