HHFD-EMS Captain’s Award Presentation
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department convened December 19,
2007 for its last Emergency Medical Services (EMS) monthly meeting
During this meeting, EMS Captain Ron Botelho presented the “EMS
Captain’s Award” with trophies to 9 members of the
Hasbrouck Heights Police and Fire Departments for their dedication
to duty for one particular emergency medical call that had a
significant outcome to patient care.
In selecting that one EMS call, EMS Captain Botelho found it
difficult to decide in light of the fact that over 1,300 emergency
medical calls were responded to in the year 2007 by the HHFD-EMS.
The medical call selected for the EMS Captain’s Award
occurred on June 5, 2007 just shortly after midnight.
HHFD-EMS ambulance was alerted to respond to Bell Avenue for
an unresponsive resident.
Hasbrouck Heights Police were first to arrive to find a 64 year
old male unconscious.
Moments later, Jennifer Bishop (a new EMT and new member of
the HHFD-EMS) arrived and assessed the patient, Robert Siconolfi,
confirming the police officer’s findings that the patient
had no pulse (cardiac arrest) with agonal breathing (last breaths
EMT Bishop, with the assistance of three Police Officers, initiated
CPR and applied the Police equipped AED (Automatic External
Defibrillator) to the patient (a procedure for patients who
are clinically dead).
After several cycles of CPR and shock therapy provided by the
AED, the patient’s pulse returned and the pulse remained
constant during the pre-hospital care transport with the advanced
care of the Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) paramedic
Upon the ambulance’s arrival at the HUMC Emergency Room,
it was confirmed that the patient’s pulse still remained
Needless to say, all those involved in this critical care were
very happy for a positive outcome, a happy ending for Robert
Siconolfi and his family.
Some time after our resident was released from the hospital,
Mr. Siconolfi visited the HHFD asking how he could thank each
and everyone involved in his care.
Captain Ron Botelho suggested he and his wife come to one of
their EMS monthly meetings and thank those at one time.
To the Department’s delight, Mr. Siconolfi attended the
December meeting and presented trophies to the following members
who responded to the call: FF Joe Armeli, EMT Jennifer Bishop,
FF/EMT Derek Hernandez, EMT Cathy Nigro, EMT John Riordan, FF
Justin Watrel, Hasbrouck Heights Police Department Sgt. Kevin
Corbliss, Officer James Ciccarelli and Officer Dan Kroncke.
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