November 19, 2012 -
The last time Arlington Firefighter Wesley Keck saw Koregan
Quintanilla he was a teeny tiny little fellow just a few
days old, snoozing away in a baby carrier, wrapped snugly in
blankets. He was also outside on a chilly November morning,
at the back door of Fire Station #12 on Collins in South
Letter From PETA
Dear Chief Crowson,
of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals
and more than 3 million members and supporters,
including thousands across Texas, I am pleased
to present you with our Compassionate Fire
Department Award. The award is in recognition of
your team's extraordinary efforts to rescue Leah
the dog from a house fire, providing her with
lifesaving oxygen bottles and resuscitation, and
the firefighter' attempt to save the family cat.
We hope that your kindness will inspire
others always to come to the aid of animals in
need. Thank you.
Early Sunday morning crews from Battalion 1, Stations 8, 4,
11, and 17 responded to a residential house fire. The home
owners were away on vacation, so a family member would go
over to care for the family’s dog and cat. As he approached
the house that morning the family member noticed, through
the window, a small fire in the front room. He immediately
dialed 9-1-1 and tried to open the front door, but had
trouble with the key. He waited for the fire department to
arrive. Station 8 was first to arrive. The family member
advised the crew that there were pets inside the home.
As is turns out, the fire was small because it was deprived
of oxygen. The fire was unable to develop and spread through
the house without oxygen. However, it did create a
suffocating amount of thick, black smoke that spread
throughout the home from the ceiling to the floor. Crews
forced open the front door and were met with a lot of heat
and smoke pushing out.
The incident commander assigned crews to search for
occupants (including the missing pets), put the fire out,
and ventilate the smoke. The thick smoke blinded them as
they attempted to make their way through the home.
Visibility was merely inches in front of their faces as they
attempted to locate the animals.
The fire department’s powerful fans began clearing the nasty
smoke and fire gases out of the home. This allowed the crew
of Engine 8 to locate the family’s cat and remove it from
the home. Unfortunately, the cat was deceased. On the other
side of the home, Engine 11 Driver Rob Kleam located the dog
in a bathroom and asked for assistance. Quint 8 Driver David
Tyler carried the large dog out of the home and into the
front yard. The dog was barley responsive and breathing very
Firefighters quickly began providing aid to the dog. At
first, only a few members were available to help, but soon
the animal was surrounded by six to ten firefighters
offering assistance and support. Specially designed masks
provided to the department by the ASPCA were used to deliver
oxygen. The shivering pet was covered up with a salvage
cover to keep her warm. Firefighters pet the dog and offered
encouragement to comfort the sick animal. Crews worked for
more than an hour, using four bottles of oxygen to treat the
The Incident Commander worked to contact a veterinary
hospital that was open on the weekends and could provide
further care. The firefighters prepared to lift the animal
and carry her to an awaiting car when, amazingly, she sat up
under her own power. She was responsive and breathing
normally when the crews loaded her into the family’s care
for transport to the vet clinic. No update on the pet’s
condition was immediately available.
NELSON CRUZ TO MAKE DONATION OF FIRE TRUCK AND AMBULANCES TO
HIS HOMETOWN IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Arlington Fire Department and American Medical Responses
in donations to Las Matas Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic
Arlington, Texas – Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is
making a significant donation towards the purchase a fire
truck for his hometown of Las Matas Santa Cruz in the
Dominican Republic. In addition, two ambulances donated by
American Medical Response will also be given to the city of
Las Matas Santa Cruz.
The vehicles were presented during a ceremony prior to the
Rangers game on Wednesday September 26, 2012 with the Oakland
A’s at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
The project was initiated by Cruz several months ago, when
the Rangers outfielder met with officials from Las Matas
Santa Cruz. Cruz then enlisted the assistance of the
Arlington Fire Department to help acquire the first
“I am always seeking ways to give back to the community in
which I was raised. I wanted to find a way to use my
resources to help a lot of people for many years to come,
and this donation does that,” commented Cruz. “When we first
had this idea the Arlington Fire Department fully embraced
it and through a lot of hard work turned it into a reality.
I am very appreciative of all the help I have received to
complete the project. I think my community will be very
grateful knowing all the people who are helping to make
their lives better.
Arlington Fire Chief Don Crowson and other city fire
officials worked with American Medical Response on the
donation of two ambulances. Additionally, Billy Claunch of
Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus was contacted to assist
with the purchase of a fire truck. In addition to Cruz’
$20,000.00 donation, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation
made a $9,300 contribution to assist towards the completion
of this project.
“Nelson expressed a passionate concern for his hometown
community. His desire to help others, resonated with the
Arlington Fire Department team in such a way, that
Department immediately came together with other public
safety partners to help Nelson meet his goal of improving
Fire and EMS response capabilities in his hometown
community. We admire Nelson’s commitment to his community
and we’re honored to help our fellow firefighters and EMS
responders in the Dominican Republic.” Said Arlington Fire
Chief Don Crowson
The fire truck was repainted by Arlington’s Wreck Truck
Repair and outfitted with equipment donated by the Arlington
Fire Department and Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus. The
two ambulances were also repainted and outfitted with safety
equipment. Donations by American Emergency Vehicles, Optima,
Physio Control, and Stryker totaling $4,500 will assist with
costs for the vehicles travel to Cruz’s hometown. Cruz plans
to pay the remaining costs for transport.
During Wednesday’s pre-game ceremony Chief Crowson and
members of the Arlington Fire Department presented Cruz and
Dr. Luis Esmurdoc with a large key symbolizing the donated
fire truck. Edward Van Horn of American Medical Response
will present the keys for the ambulances his group donated.
Also in attendance will be members from Physio Control and
Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus.
14, 2011 - Firefighters and Citizen Hero Receive Life Saving
First came a nudge from a roommate, jarring him awake. Then came
the screams. Paul Puranda, shirtless and sleepy-eyed, ran to the
balcony of the Creek at Brookhollow Apartments to see the complex
going up in flames...
While trying to defend last year's division title, the
Rangers have produced a heart-stopping moment or two for
their fans this season.
When it happened to Dan Schimek on July 26, however, it
wasn't thrilling or fun. Luckily, a pair of Arlington police
officers were nearby and knew how to perform hands-only CPR.
Schimek, one of the team's official scorers, was working
that night's game against the Minnesota Twins at Rangers
Ballpark in Arlington when he fell ill.
"C.J. Wilson had just walked the bases loaded," Schimek
recalls. "I was about to write down the next play, then I
The next thing he remembers is being on a stretcher on the
way to the hospital. Paramedics working at the ballpark
quickly made their way to the press box and used an
automatic external defibrillator to restart Schimek's heart.
It turns out that he had two blocked arteries. Doctors
implanted stents, and now he is back on his feet.
Last week, he was at the ballpark as Mayor Robert Cluck
honored Arlington police Sgts. John Marsh and Brett
McDonnell for their lifesaving work. They were among five
people recognized as part of the city's "no excuses"
campaign to promote hands-only CPR.
In 2008, the American Heart Association said untrained
bystanders or those squeamish about doing rescue breathing
could focus on chest compressions until emergency responders
arrive. Last year, the group said that even professionals
who use rescue breathing should start with chest
compressions, reversing the old ABC training --
airway-breathing-compressions -- that called for rescuers to
give two breaths then alternate with 30 presses.
In its no-excuses campaign, the city has aired 30- and
60-second public service announcements featuring actors,
sports personalities and Cluck on local television, the city
website, at movie theatres and before every home Rangers
Proper bystander CPR can double or triple a victim's chance
of survival, according to the heart association, which
trains more than 12 million people in CPR a year. The most
effective rate for chest compressions is greater than 100
compressions per minute.
Other CPR heroes
Also honored last week were Autumn Dipert Brown, who owns
Arlington-based Dan Dipert Coaches and Tours with her father
and brother; Arlington resident Pamela Kiefer; and Arlington
911 dispatcher Lari Tillar, who guided Kiefer through the
Dipert Brown was dining with her family at Trail Dust Steak
House on July 24 when another patron collapsed nearby. She
performed traditional CPR on the man, Don L. Davis, until
emergency personnel arrived.
At the hospital, doctors found and treated blockages in
Dipert Brown said she has attended CPR courses three times
over the years as part of her work in the travel industry.
"More businesses need to offer CPR training to their
employees," she said. "We believe that our company should
offer the safest experience possible for our customers, and
part of that is making sure we're prepared when something
like this happens."
Meanwhile, Pamela Kiefer used hands-only CPR to rescue her
husband, former City Manager Chuck Kiefer, when he collapsed
Aug. 6 after coming indoors at home. Pamela Kiefer had
attended training in conventional CPR but, in the stress of
the moment, relied on Tillar to guide her through hands-only
Chuck Kiefer said he was stricken with sudden cardiac death
syndrome, which can have multiple causes.
Officials also honored the paramedics employed by the
Rangers, the Fire Department and American Medical Response
for their work in the three incidents.
Since the city launched an effort in 2005 to improve cardiac
arrest survival rates, CPaRlington has trained more than
40,000 residents. To learn hands-only CPR in 30 seconds,
visit the city's website at tiny.cc/arlcpr.
Schimek is thankful that his heart attack happened at a
place where so many emergency responders were close by. "I
feel almost guilty," he said.