Puckett EMS Paramedic Jennifer Wolcott and EMT Jenifer Jackson were recently honored among the team of first responders who helped save the life of a 45-year-old Cobb County man who collapsed from a heart attack while playing football. Wolcott and Jackson each received Cobb County Fire Department LifeSaver Awards for their efforts on scene and en route to Wellstar Cobb Hospital.
“The quick actions of our crew members and the entire team of first responders saved a life that day,” said Puckett EMS Public Information Officer Jim McMichen. “We are very grateful to be a part of the team here in Cobb County and proud of Jennifer Wolcott and Jenifer Jackson for the actions they took and for their continued dedication to the citizens we serve.”
On September 16, 2018, Devon Myrick was playing football when he collapsed on the field. Bystander Juwan Williamson immediately initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation, while numerous witnesses called the Cobb County 911 Emergency Communications Center. Cobb County Fire Department Engine 22 and Puckett EMS Unit 330 arrived on scene within minutes and took over resuscitation efforts. Crews shocked the patient multiple times with an advanced cardiac defibrillator and administered medication to restart Myrick’s heart.
A special ceremony honoring the crews from all agencies was held December 12, 2018 at Cobb County Fire Station 22. Myrick and his wife attended. In addition to Puckett EMS crew members, honors went to: Cobb County 911 Dispatchers Rebecca Saxton and Julia Atkinson; Cobb Rescue 1 Firefighters Josh Young and Adam Jones; Cobb Fire Engine 22 Engineer Aaron Salkill and Firefighters David Waycoff and Alec Nichols. Juwan Williamson also was honored with a Citizen Lifesaver Award.
About Puckett EMS
Puckett EMS provides 911 emergency and critical care ambulance services to the citizens of Southwest Cobb, Walker and Dade counties located in North Georgia. In addition to operations in Georgia, Puckett EMS provides 911 emergency services to Marion and Sequatchie counties in Tennessee and is the contracted ground transport for multiple Hospital Systems. Puckett EMS is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), which signifies that the service has met the gold standard by the ambulance industry. Puckett EMS is one of only five CAAS-accredited EMS services in the State of Georgia. In addition, Puckett EMS is one of only 160 services accredited nationwide by The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.