Henry County Fire
Department recently presented Briggs & Stratton of McDonough
with an “Emergency Preparedness Award” for their outstanding
performance and dedication in creating an emergency prepared
workplace. Fire Chief Bill Lacy, Operations Chief Brad Johnson,
Training Chief Ike McConnell, Battalion Chief Stacey Ponder and
Captain Billy Kunkle were on site Tuesday morning to honor and
recognize the plant’s efforts that ultimately resulted in the
saving of an employee’s life last November.
Front row l to r: Captain
Billy Kunkle, Operations Manager Ryan Guilette, Team
Facilitator Jimmy Hodges, Curtis Reid, Battalion Chief
Stacey Ponder. Back row l to r: Training Chief Ike
McConnell, Fire Chief Bill Lacy, Safety and Security
Engineer Shannon Asmus and Operations Chief Brad Johnson.
At just after 2:30 in the
afternoon, on that day in November, Curtis Reid of Griffin
collapsed while working on the assembly line at Briggs and
Stratton located at 535 Macon Street in McDonough. Employees
immediately put their training into motion, initiating the first
link in the “Chain of Survival.”
While the man lay on the
ground lifeless employees worked together to coordinate and
perform measures that would later prove to be lifesaving.
Reid’s supervisor and Team Facilitator, Jimmy Hodges recognized
Reid was pulseless, breathless, lifeless, and in cardiac arrest.
Hodges began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and activated
the emergency response system. The plant’s nurse quickly
attached the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and
performed defibrillation following the commands of the AED.
After one shock, the man regained consciousness. Last
information revealed that Mr. Reid was planning to return to
Fortunately, Briggs and
Stratton is committed and proactive where life safety is
concerned, providing annual First Aid, CPR, and AED training for
their employees. Through an Emergency Response Team consisting
of Briggs and Stratton employees, various training is
coordinated and provided to personnel just for instances like
the November 28, 2012 incident. Other safety training employees
undergo include: fire and weather drills, hazardous
preparedness, and fire extinguisher training.
Across the United States
AED’s continue to be the common denominator of “Saves” among
heart attack victims.
The defibrillator at
Briggs and Stratton was, without a doubt, vital to the outcome
for Mr. Reid. It was applied quickly and a shock was delivered;
a key factor in saving heart attack victims.
“Emergencies don’t keep a regular schedule, so it is important
that workplaces prepare for any eventuality no matter the day or
time. The heroic efforts made by the employees of Briggs and
Stratton that day were courageous and saved the life of Mr.
Reid. The Henry County Fire Department would like to commend
the management of Briggs and Stratton, who ensure their
employees are properly trained to intervene when called upon,”
stated Captain Sabrina Puckett.