Two fire department rookies among Loganville first responders recognized for saving a life

Gisan Vincent, flanked by members of Loganville Public Safety, most of whom are credited with helping save her life. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

On Feb. 15 of this year, a Loganville woman came close to losing her life. Had it not been for the quick response of her boyfriend, and lifesaving efforts of Loganville first responders, Gisan Vincent may not have been at City Hall Thursday to recognize those who made sure she did not die when she unexpectedly experienced a cardiac emergency.

Before introducing Vincent and the Loganville public safety personnel who were being recognized, Loganville Fire Chief Carl Morrow noted that of the 250,000 plus people a year nationwide who experience cardiac arrest, only 10 percent actually survive. Thanks to the efforts of those involved in keeping her alive and getting her to a medical facility in time, Vincent is one of those 10 percent.

“She had no medical history before then. She was not on any medications – was a healthy female when that night she all of a sudden had a cardiac event,” Morrow said. He went on to explain that it was about 3 a.m. that morning that the Loganville Fire Department responded to reports of a woman experiencing difficulty breathing. The crew arrived to find that Loganville Police Officer Bobby Ledbetter had got there first and began chest compressions. When fire and EMS personnel arrived, they took over. An AED machine was used to resuscitate Vincent before she was transported first to Piedmont Walton in Monroe and then on to Gwinnett Medical Center.

The grateful 51-year-old woman said she didn’t remember any of it. A nurse herself, Vincent said she woke up two days later after having surgery to implant a defibrillator to help regulate her heartbeat. The pain in her ribs, more so than the pain from her surgery, a testament to the urgent efforts made by the Loganville first responders to ensure her survival.

“I thank God for all the guys in the back,” Vincent said, indicating the line of Loganville first responders who were being recognized, “Including my partner who was with me that night.”

And among those recognized were two young firefighters, Kevin Rickman and Chase Roberts, who only recently graduated from training and had not yet even completed their EMS training. Recognized were LFD Capt. Andy Logan, Sgt. Stephen Wilson, firefighters Kevin Rickman and Chase Roberts, EMS personnel Grayson Beagham, Josh Duck and Bill Jennings and Loganville Police Officer Bobby Ledbetter.


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