MANCHESTER, NH — A Manchester firefighter who was pulled lifeless when pulled from a fire in May is back on the job. On Monday, the firefighter had the opportunity to thank those who saved his life at an event at Manchester's AMR headquarters.
The incident involved several firefighters and EMS personnel. The incident was described by AMR Regional Director Christopher Stawasz:
"On Monday May 25, 2020 Manchester Firefighters responded to 466 South Beech St. around 10:30 a.m. for reports of smoke coming from a 2 1/2-story home. They encountered a fire upon arrival.
Manchester Firefighter, Craig Ferry, 53 was assigned to Engine 9 that morning. Engine 9 entered the residence under heavy smoke and heat conditions to attack the fire.
Firefighter Ferry and the Engine 9 crew made entry to the fire. Crew members witnessed Firefighter Ferry go down and become unresponsive, and was in cardiac arrest.
A Mayday was called, and Firefighter Ferry was just inside the doorway. He was quickly removed from the fire building by his fellow firefighters and brought outside."
As is the case with all working fires in Manchester, an AMR ambulance was dispatched on the initial fire company response. AMR ALS1, with Paramedic Supervisor Mary Woo and Paramedic Jeffrey Brule on board, was waiting close by with their gear and stretcher.
It was 10:42 a.m. when Ferry was brought out of the fire building to them. He was not breathing, had no pulse, and was blue. His firefighting gear was quickly removed, CPR was initiated, and he was placed in the ambulance.
EKG pads were applied and showed ventricular fibrillation — a lethal heart rhythm. He was rapidly defibrillated. Noting no change on his EKG, he was rapidly defibrillated again, and CPR was continued. AMR medics placed an intraosseous needle in his leg to administer medications and prepared to place FF Ferry on a LUCUS II mechanical CPR device.
Noting a change to his EKG, a pulse check was performed which showed that a carotid pulse