AUBURN – Five firefighters and an emergency dispatcher were commended last week for their efforts to save a baby boy who had stopped breathing.

On April 22, a woman called 911 to report her 2-month-old grandson was not breathing at her home on Bradman Road.

While rescue crews made their way to the scene, an emergency dispatcher advised the caller over the phone on how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the child.

Meanwhile, Auburn Engine 5 arrived at the scene within two minutes of the first call. At the Bradman Road home, paramedics found the child still unable to breathe on his own.

Rescue workers began to clear the 2-month-old’s airway and began ventilating the baby.

Paramedics from Auburn Rescue 1 arrived minutes later and the child began breathing on his own, officials said.

The baby was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. All his vital signs had returned to normal by the time he reached the emergency department, officials said.

The boy was kept for observation at the hospital but was later released. He has since made a complete recovery.

“This is a perfect example of the professionalism and dedication to duty exemplified by our firefighters on a routine basis,” said Assistant Fire Chief Cam Martin. “We are very fortunate to have such men in our fire department.”

The five firefighters involved in the rescue were awarded letters of commendation for their life-saving efforts.

They are Lt. Michael Lecompte, and privates Frederick Haskell and Brendan Joyce from Engine 5 as well as Lt. Norman Gurschick and private Richard Dionne from Rescue 1.

Dispatcher Lawson Beales was given an “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” Award from his superiors at the dispatch center.


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