Johnston FD In The News
Johnston Firefighters Credited with Saving Player's Life During Baseball GameIn August 2015, Johnston Mayor Paula Dierenfeld, Fire Chief Jim Krohse, Police Chief Bill Vaughn, Johnston Community School District Superintendent Dr. Corey Lunn and JCSD School Board President Greg Dockum presented 13 people with life-saving awards for extraordinary actions taken on June 29 during a Johnston High School baseball game. This is the first time all of the award recipients reunited with baseball player Matt Shaver since he collapsed during the game.
Those recognized include: Mark Nemmers, Assistant Chief and EMT in the Johnston Fire Department; Shawn Benberg, Firefighter and EMT in the Johnston Fire Department; Tristan Johnson, Firefighter and Paramedic in the Johnston Fire Department; Chris Doyle, Firefighter and EMT in the Johnston Fire Department; Craig VerHuel, Firefighter and Paramedic in the Johnston Fire Department; Andrew Winter, Firefighter and Paramedic in the Johnston Fire Department; Quinn O'Brien, Baseball Coach; Chris Wiedmann, Baseball Trainer; Deb Janssen, Nurse; Lori Stiles, Nurse; and Sarah Walter, Nurse.
Johnston Firefighter Delivers Baby on ThanksgivingPure Dassin's baby daughter, Pearl, arrived on Thanksgiving 2014 -- three weeks early -- with some help from Johnston Fire Department Lt. Sean McAndrew.
Des Moines Register Story
JFD Receives Hands-Free CPR Device
The City of Johnston is thrilled to tell you about a new piece of life-saving equipment that we have received. The Johnston Fire Department applied for and received a $13,893 grant from Prairie Meadows for a Mechanical CPR Device. What this device can do is nothing short of amazing and could potentially save lives.
"The advantage this device has over an EMT performing manual CPR are many. Once the device is applied, constant, uninterrupted CPR is being performed. Currently, whenever a patient is moved, such as when we have to move the patient to our cot, carrying a patient up or down the stairs, and when we place the patient in our ambulance, CPR has to be stopped. This device will eliminate the need to interrupt CPR being performed. This device will also free up one of our personnel, to perform other tasks (such as administering an IV), and can reduce the number of personnel needed at the emergency scene and in the ambulance during transport," said Johnston Fire Chief Jim Krohse.
To learn more about the device, check out this link. We are so grateful to Prairie Meadows for approving our grant and helping us improve life here in Johnston.
KCCI Television story on the CPR device
WHO Television story on the CPR device
WOI Television story on the CPR device