Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ketchum EMT Gets Kudos

Lt. Paramedic Seth Martin of the Ketchum Fire Department received a commendation on April 4 for saving the life of Kathleen Blue. Martin was dispatched to il Naso restaurant on March 10 to help a choking woman. Upon arrival, Martin, who was driving an ambulance, was told to immediately go inside while his partner brought in the medical gear. Martin found an unresponsive woman face down on the floor who wasn’t breathing. Bystanders reported attempting the Heimlich maneuver multiple times. Fire Chief Mike Elle said Martin calmly assessed the situation, dropped to a knee, picked up Blue and placed her in a sitting position while he performed two Heimlich thrusts to her upper abdomen, successfully dislodging the food. Blue started breathing on her own and regained consciousness within a minute. She was transported to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center for possible aspiration but was otherwise unharmed. Express photo by Willy Cook

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