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Today, the Chattanooga Fire Department recognized firefighters on Green Shift with awards for outstanding performance. By their truly distinctive achievements, unrelenting perseverance and unfailing devotion to duty, they reflected great credit upon themselves and upheld the highest traditions of the Chattanooga Fire Service!

Lt. Telly Grant, Firefighter Bradley Britt and Firefighter Derek Riley received life-saving medals for a call on June 7, 2019 when they responded to an accident with reported entrapment. Upon arrival, they found multiple parties entrapped. Responders took immediate action and extricated all victims who were quickly loaded for transport. Multiple responders then assisted HCEMS while enroute to the hospital and continued life-saving measures during transport. The patients ultimately survived. Their quick actions saved the patients’ lives.

Senior Firefighter Dargin Johnson received a life-saving medal for the same call on June 7, 2019 when he also responded to an accident with reported entrapment. Upon arrival, crews found multiple parties entrapped. Responders took immediate action and extricated all victims who were quickly loaded for transport. Multiple responders then assisted HCEMS while enroute to the hospital and continued life-saving measures during transport. The patients ultimately survived. Their quick actions saved the patients’ lives.

Captain Brad Petty, Lt. Daniel Atkins, Firefighter Brent Murray and Firefighter Allen Green received life-saving medals for an incident on November 25, 2019. While eating breakfast, the crew was confronted with a still alarm at their fire house. An unresponsive infant was brought to Station 9 by citizens living nearby. Responders took immediate action and the child eventually regained consciousness. Their quick actions saved the baby’s life.

Battalion Chief David Thompson Jr. received several life-saving medals. On May 2, 2019, he responded to a reported unconscious party. Upon arrival, there was confirmed CPR in progress. Responders immediately took action and the patient was quickly loaded for transport. Crews continued life-saving measures during transport. The patient ultimately survived. On December 31, 2019, he responded to a reported shooting. Upon arrival, there were multiple parties shot. As the command element on scene, he directed assets and assisted in the initial response. Furthermore, his initiative with a tourniquet and assisting CPD with its application provided immediate life-saving care. The patient ultimately survived due to his quick actions.

Firefighter Sterling Gillum, Captain Howard Baker, and Firefighter Charles Simpson also received a life-saving medal on the same shooting call as Chief Thompson on 12/31/19, finding two parties in need of care. They quickly assessed one patient as CPD cared for the other victim. Trauma care and CPR eventually gave the patient the best chances for survival. He was loaded for transport as crews continued life-saving measures while enroute to the hospital. The patient ultimately survived. The crew received another life-saving medal for a call on August 9, 2019 when they responded to a reported CPR in progress. Upon arrival, responders immediately assessed the patient and took over CPR. The patient was given Narcan and was quickly loaded for transport. Crews continued life-saving measures during transport. The patient ultimately survived. Firefighter Sterling Gillum also received a Letter of Commendation for a call on February 23, 2019. His professionalism and diligence in responding to and assisting trapped occupants in a car partially submerged in water provided them an outlet to safety.

Captain Andre Dean received several life-saving medals. On December 6, 2019, he responded to a reported unconscious party. Upon arrival, the victim was found and quickly assessed. Responders performed CPR, used an AED and a combitube and ultimately a pulse was restored and the patient began breathing again. The patient was loaded for transport and responders continued to assist and render care. On January 7, 2019, he responded to a reported unconscious party. Upon arrival, the party was found and pulled from his vehicle. CPR was started and the patient was quickly loaded for transport. Crews continued life-saving measures during transport. While enroute, the patient’s pulse returned. On May 2, 2019, he responded to a reported unconscious party. Upon arrival, there was confirmed CPR in progress. Responders immediately took action and the patient was quickly loaded for transport. Crews continued life-saving measures during transport. The patient ultimately survived.

Senior Firefighter Darrell Hinton received a life-saving medal for a call on August 9, 2019 when he responded to a reported CPR in progress. Upon arrival, responders immediately assessed the patient and took over CPR. The patient was given Narcan and was quickly loaded for transport. Crews continued life-saving measures during transport. The patient ultimately survived.

Captain Evan Rose received a life-saving medal for a call on December 6, 2019 when he responded to a CPR in progress. Upon arrival, the patient was assessed and responders took over CPR. Multiple cycles of CPR were performed as the party was loaded for transport. Responders assisted EMS and continued life-saving measures while enroute to the hospital. The patient ultimately survived.

Lt. Randall Herron received a Letter of Commendation for a call on February 23, 2019. His professionalism and diligence in responding to and assisting trapped occupants in a car partially submerged in water provided them an outlet to safety.

Senior Firefighter Rusty Mobley received a Letter of Commendation for a call on February 23, 2019. His professionalism and diligence in responding to and assisting trapped occupants in a car partially submerged in water provided them an outlet to safety.

Firefighter Seth Hutcheson and Lt. Joe Ervin received a Letter of Commendation for a call on June 27, 2019. Their professionalism and diligence in providing care and assistance to citizens in need with car trouble allowed them to continue on with greater comfort and safety. Captain Adam Couch, Lt. Joe Ervin and Firefighter Seth Hutcheson also received a Letter of Commendation for a call on February 23, 2019. Their professionalism and diligence in responding to and assisting trapped occupants in a car partially submerged in water provided them an outlet to safety.

Lt. Dave Matthews received a Letter of Commendation. On March 11, 2019, his professionalism and diligence in providing care and assistance to a citizen who had fallen demonstrated his dedication to serve and bystanders were compelled to communicate their admiration.

Adam Royer received special recognition for his support provided to the Chattanooga Fire Department on the medical portion of the Active Shooter Program 2019.

The Chattanooga Fire Department recognized a great group of first responders who saved a man’s life at Harrison Bay. On May 31, 2021 during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, there was a citizen at the Harrison Bay State Park Marina who found himself in dire need of help. An elderly gentleman, while walking on the dock, ended up falling into Chickamauga Lake. He had a bad cut on his hand and was disoriented. If not for the quick reactions of Lt. Christopher Newby, who was off-duty at the time, the man could have been in serious danger of drowning. Lt. Newby was able to hold onto the distressed citizen while officers from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Hamilton County Sheriff's Office - TN Marine Patrol Division responded with proper flotation devices. They were able to pull the citizen out of the water. Once he was out of the water, Rangers with the Tennessee State Parks tended to his wounds until Hamilton County EMS arrived on the scene. “The quick actions of the officers and the off-duty Chattanooga fireman directly contributed to the saving of a citizen in peril,” TWRA officials stated.

Fire Chief Phil Hyman commended everyone involved in the incident for their teamwork and dedication to helping citizens. Thanks to Lt. Newby for stepping up to help someone in a scary situation and to all those who responded from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee State Parks, TWRA and HCEMS, including: Corporal Steven Gaffin (HCSO), Detective Rick Wolfe (HCSO), Park Manager Don Campbell (Tennessee State Parks), Ranger Matt Vawter (Tennessee State Parks), Wildlife Officer Andrew Weber (TWRA), Wildlife Officer Kendall Fletcher (TWRA), Wildlife Officer Jarrod Coxey (TWRA), Wildlife Officer David Holt (TWRA), Paramedic Michael Bates (HCEMS) and AEMT Tim Joyce (HCEMS).

I was just in the right place at the right time. I noticed him and rushed over to help. He had a bad cut on his hand and he was disoriented. I did what any other off duty firefighter would have done in that situation. I’m just glad that he’s alright,” Lt. Newby stated.

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Chattanooga firefighters conducted a complicated rescue operation Tuesday afternoon to rescue the driver of a truck that had overturned and was hanging in a dangerous, unstable spot. It happened at 1:13 PM on South Crest Road and Shadowlawn Drive on Missionary Ridge. A 28-foot long box truck had flipped over and slid down the ridge. The driver was hanging upside down inside the cab and crews worked quickly to get to him and get him out. Squad 20, Squad 1, Squad 13, Engine 9, Battalion 1 (Blue Shift), and CFD Special Operations Division went to work. They were able to secure the truck with cable wenches using the fire trucks and then used rope systems to keep firefighters and the driver from falling. Firefighters cut the roof and windshield out of the way in order to remove the driver and lifted him up the side of the ridge using ropes. This took more than an hour, but the end result was a safe and successful rescue. The driver was transported to the hospital with relatively minor injuries. Yates Wrecker worked to lift the truck up and back onto the road. Great work by everyone involved in this response! 

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Eight Chattanooga firefighters are spending their summer vacations building a home -- in only 12 days -- for an injured Army veteran in Oxford, Maine. Lt. Tyler Swindell, FF Jake Case, FFE Mark Coffman, FFE Joe Fuller, FFE Brandon O’Dell, FFE Britt Bradshaw, FF Josh Hixson, and FFE Keith Mosley are all supporting construction of a mortgage-free smart home for retired Army Sgt. Christy Gardner, a double amputee who was severely injured while serving as part of a peacekeeping mission in Asia in 2006.

Gardner, a Paralympian and former military police officer, suffered life-threatening injuries while on patrol, including skull fractures, internal injuries, two missing fingers, brain injury and spinal cord damage that caused leg paralysis below her knees.  Dozens of surgeries and hundreds of hours of grueling rehabilitation later, Gardner was medically retired from the Army in 2007 and returned to her native Maine for help from family in her recovery and care. After suffering from severe pain caused by nerve damage, Gardner made the decision to have both of her lower legs amputated. She has since gone on to compete in elite-level athletic programs, including the Paralympics and hopes to join the U.S. Paralympic Team for the 2021 games in Tokyo in August. Gardner also founded her own non-profit, Mission Working Dogs, to train purpose-bred dogs to aid individuals with disabilities so the handler can live a full and more independent life.

The home build is overseen by A Soldier’s Journey Home, a 100 percent volunteer-driven  non-profit that is made up primarily of firefighters and veterans from throughout the country.  The Chattanooga firefighters have been an integral part of ASJH builds for veterans since 2014, constructing homes in Tennessee, Illinois, Georgia, Ohio, and Texas in addition to Maine this year.     

 “A Soldier’s Journey Home is very grateful for the dedication and support provided by the Chattanooga Fire Department volunteers. They are an integral part of our organization and our builds and we are fortunate to have them with us each year.  It is the true meaning of brotherhood,” said ret. FDNY Lieutenant Paddy Neville, A Soldier’s Journey Home president.

 The home will be finished and the keys turned over to Gardner in a ceremony on June 19. A Soldier’s Journey Home is a service-driven volunteer organization primarily comprised of current and retired firefighters and veterans from across the country who focus their charitable efforts toward severely injured veterans. For more information, or to donate, visit:  www.asoldiersjourneyhome.org.

Press release from Sharon Holland with A Soldier's Journey Home. 

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CFD officials report that there was a small fire on the second floor at Parkridge Medical Center Thursday evening. Companies responded to a fire alarm at the hospital on McCallie Avenue just after 9:30 PM. The fire was out on arrival, but there was a light haze in the hallway. Firefighters asked patients to shelter in place in their rooms while they worked to ventilate the smoke and get the sprinklers turned off. The fire appears to be accidental. A patient was trying to light a cigarette when she caught the hospital bed on fire, burning her. She was treated at the hospital. The extent of her injuries are not known at this time. Smoke was removed from the second floor by Chattanooga firefighters and crews assisted Parkridge with controlling water damage. Other patients have been moved to another part of the hospital. Engine 5, Engine 4, Engine 15, Quint 1, Ladder 13, Squad 1, Ladder 5, Ladder 1 and Battalion 1 (Red Shift) responded. "I just want to commend the firefighters and hospital staff for the great job they did working together to alleviate a potentially dangerous situation. The firefighters got in there quickly and found that the fire had already been extinguished. We appreciate the nurses and staff for the actions they took. We had to clear out the smoke and water damage created by the sprinkler system which absolutely did its job, keeping a potentially large fire small. The staff was tremendous in helping our crews with this incident,' Fire Chief Phil Hyman stated.

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