Erie County Fair recognizes Rural/Metro crew for saving the life of a fairgoer

Today the Erie County Fair recognized the Rural/Metro EMS personnel whose efforts saved the life of a fairgoer on Thursday evening.

By responding in less than two minutes and with assistance from a nurse on-scene, Rural/Metro crews were able to resuscitate a patient who suffered a cardiac arrest at the Erie County Fair and safely transport to Mercy Hospital where the individual is recovering. According to the American Heart Association, appropriate care administered within two minutes of a cardiac arrest can increase a patient’s survival rate by 80 percent. Paramedic Ed Schaefer, Supervisor Rich Abraham, EMT-Intermediate Lyndsay Rogers, and EMT-Basics Bill Neuman and Randy Roth coordinated efforts through bike teams, mini-cart and ambulance to provide the life-saving care for which the Fairgrounds wishes to express its appreciation.

 “We are proud of the commitment and professionalism that is put forth by the Rural/Metro team and recognizing the crew is the least we can do” said Dennis Lang, CEO/Fair Manager.

 The name of the patient and specific details are not available at this time to protect patient privacy. Rural/Metro, the exclusive Emergency Medical Services provider for the Erie County Fair, is now in a new EMS facility built by the Fairgrounds that was dedicated on August 7. The new building includes four examination rooms that not only provides comfort and privacy for the patient but thoughtfully designed space for personnel to provide quality medical care.

“It might not immediately occur to people, but investments over the last five years, like paving the Midway, have largely contributed to a 40 percent decline we’ve seen in requests for medical care,” said Brian Lawson, Rural/Metro Director of Public Affairs. “There is no doubt the Fair’s commitment to a significant EMS presence, including this new facility, has a tremendous impact in cases precisely like the one on Thursday.”