Twenty Marco Island first responders were recognized on November 8 with Phoenix Awards, in a special ceremony held by the Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department.
The Phoenix Award is given to emergency response personnel who have responded and contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. The award is given to first responders who brought back to life patients who were clinically dead. The award is named after the Phoenix, a mythological bird that arose from the ashes after its death.
From the Marco Island PoliceDepartment, awards were given to officers Josh Ferris and Steve Faskill.
Awards were given to the following individuals from the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department: Captain Dustin Beatty, Division Chief Tom Bogan, Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Bowden, Deputy Chief Chris Byrne, Firefighter/Paramedic Juan Cabezas, Firefighter/Paramedic Anthony Gordon, Lieutenant Oscar Hernandez, Firefighter/Paramedic Christian Holmes, Division Chief Jeff Kutzke, Firefighter/EMT Nick Macchiarolo, Captain Paul MacMillan, Engineer/Paramedic Pat O’Gorman, Firefighter/Paramedic Hafid Oliver, Lieutenant Robert Riegler, Captain/EMT Leo Rodriguez, Engineer/EMT Ken Stenback, Captain Dan Stoller and Firefighter/EMT Jesse Yarnell.
Coastal Breeze News congratulates the Phoenix Award Winners for a job well done!