EMS Provider of the Year

2019 Winner

Christopher Tracey

Brighton Volunteer Fire Co. No. 5

Christopher Tracey

 

Whether the performance is for heroic actions or always doing more than what is asked, going above and beyond the call of duty occurs when the Brighton Volunteer Fire Co. No. 5 has been requested. But, sometimes members find themselves in a situation that requires quick action even when fire department response has not been summoned.

On the evening of July 12, 2018, Chris Tracey and his wife had friends over to their house. The kids were playing in the yard and Tracey and his friend stepped into the house for a minute.

The kids continued to play in the yard while their mothers were present. At some point, the friend’s two-year-old girl found her way into the in-ground pool area.

Tracey and his friend came back out from the house and saw the child floating face down in the pool. His friend jumped into the pool and handed the girl off to Tracey, who found her blue in color, not breathing and lifeless.

Immediately, he began CPR while his wife dialed 911. Tracey was able to revive the young girl, who started to throw up fluids, became responsive and began to breathe on her own before the arrival of paramedics. The child was transferred to Oishei Children’s Hospital for further evaluation.

The on-scene paramedics said Tracey’s actions directly led to the child’s survival. The child has since recovered with zero effects from the incident. Chris Tracey’s action that day saved a child’s life.

ADAPTED FROM A NOMINATION BY ANDREW HALLNAN, BRIGHTON VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. NO. 5 CHIEF, AND ROBERT MOONEY, PRESIDENT

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Honor your outstanding volunteers with a nomination for the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York EMS Provider of the Year Award. Each year, FASNY recognizes exemplary emergency medical personnel with this prestigious honor designated for those who best express what EMS is all about.

Past Award Recipients

2006Chief Leonard MartinKeeseville Fire Department
2006Firefighter George BasslerKeeseville Fire Department
2006Firefighter Ronald OuimetteKeeseville Fire Department
2006AEMT-CC Patrick BarriereKeeseville Fire Department
2007Firefighter James Rosse IISouth Schodack Fire Department and Castleton Ambulance
2008Firefighter/EMT Mark W. GilsonOlcott Fire Co.
2009No Award Given
2010Valerie WhiteCommunity Ambulance
2011Karen L. RathkeSouthside Fire Company
2012Kyle J. ReitanMiller Place Fire Department EMS Corps
2013Karen L. HaabSprings Volunteer Fire Department
2014William StreetUlster Hose Company #5
2015Joel MelamedAlbertson Fire Company
2015Andrew MelamedAlbertson Fire Company
2016Riley DeJongLewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps
2017Brandon SuttonRapids Volunteer Fire Co.
2018Ian KingSouthampton Volunteer Ambulance
2018Shane SharkeySouthampton Volunteer Ambulance