LOWELL – PRIDEStar EMS is proud to share that two paramedics from its Trinity EMS Division were honored by the Haverhill City Council on Tuesday night for reviving a Haverhill resident.
The Haverhill City Council and Mayor James J. Fiorentini presented Paramedics Samantha Kuenzler and Bobby Thorne with a certificate recognizing their quick response and lifesaving work.
Paramedics Kuenzler and Thorne performed approximately 18 minutes of CPR and used an automated external defibrillator to revive Steven St. Germaine after he suffered cardiac arrest while outside his home next to PRIDEStar’s Haverhill base.
Paramedic Kuenzler had spoken with St. Germaine earlier in the day while he was shoveling snow, and jokingly told him he likely lived in the safest house in Haverhill because he lives next door to PRIDEStar..
After reviving St. Germaine, Paramedics Kuenzler and Thorne transported the patient to Lawrence General Hospital, where he recovered.
St. Germaine and his family attended the City Council meeting on Tuesday night and reunited with Kuenzler and Thorne, sharing hugs and conversation after the council’s presentation.
City officials praised Paramedics Kuenzler and Thorne for their actions, and thanked PRIDEStar EMS and Trinity EMS for its high level of care.
“We have some true heroes in our community,” Mayor James Fiorentini said. “We are very, very proud of you and your service.”
“Too often we don’t recognize the people that do the day-to-day work,” Councilor Joseph Bevilacqua said. “I want to thank you, and let you know that you are noticed.”
“I want to once again thank Samantha and Bobby for their exceptional work. They set an example that makes all of us at Trinity and PRIDEStar proud,” said PRIDEStar CEO and Founder Dave Daly. “I would also like to thank the Haverhill City Council and Mayor Fiorentini for their recognition and continued partnership. It was truly a joy to see Mr. St. Germaine smiling along with his family.” ◊