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Several Oneida firefighters receive awards

Posted 11/22/22

At the recent 2022 Oneida Fireman’s Benevolent Association Awards Ceremony, local first responders were commended for recent rescues and lifesaving actions.

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Several Oneida firefighters receive awards

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ONEIDA — At the recent 2022 Oneida Fireman’s Benevolent Association Awards Ceremony, retired Deputy Chief Jeff White was presented with a certificate from the International Association of Fire Fighters, acknowledging his 25 years of dedicated service to the Oneida City Fire Department.

Other awardees include the following:

  • Receiving the EMS Lifesaving Citation are Firefighter Jon Wasicki, Lt. Brian Burkle, White and Deputy Scott Burbidge. In March, they responded to a 50-year-old male unresponsive but breathing. Upon arrival they determined the victim had suffered cardiac arrest. After aggressively treating the victim with CPR and other rapid interventions, the patient’s heart resumed sustained rhythm;
  • Christy Bonacci received a Certificate of Merit and Fire Chief’s Challenge Coin for her quick lifesaving actions to a choking victim at a local café;
  • Receiving an EMS Citation are Wasicki, White, Burbidge and Firefighter Dan Moyer for providing advanced life support to a choking victim at a local cafe. The victim, who survived, was talking prior to transport;
  • Receiving a Fire Citation are Firefighter Tim Hartley, Firefighter Brad Ano, Lt. Marcel Jeffery and Firefighter Andy Bennett for their lifesaving actions when responding to a person trapped under a vehicle inside a garage. Due to their quick thinking under difficult conditions the victim was safely extricated and transported to the hospital;
  • Receiving the EMS Lifesaving Citation are Firefighter Colin Burns, Firefighter Andy Cooney, and Lt. Ross Relyea. In September, they responded to a 75-year-old woman in cardiac arrest. After aggressively treating with the use of the Auto Pulse, multiple defibrillations, medication and intubation the patient was breathing on her own and had a palpable blood pressure;
  • Receiving the EMS Lifesaving Citation are Firefighter Noel Strife, Wasicki, Burkle, and Firefighter Dan Moyer. In September, they were called to the Oneida Lowes for a reported difficulty breathing. Upon arrival they found an 84-year-old male lying stomach down in the parking lot, gasping for breath. FF Strife, who was off duty and at Lowes at the time, was performing ASL on the victim. When the on-duty personnel arrived they continued advanced life support measures. At that time the patient went into cardiac arrest. With the use of the Auto Pulse, medication and intubation the patient had a positive outcome; and
  • Oneida City Police Department Officer Luke Mack received a Certificate of Merit and Fire Chief’s Challenge Coin for his quick response in applying a lifesaving tourniquet to a stabbing victim.

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