Firefighter John Brugnoli, Buckhannon Mayor Robbie Skinner, III, Office of Emergency Management Director & Paramedic, Brian Shreves, Buckhannon Fire Department Captain Brian Elmore, Paramedic Michele Shreves, and 911 Dispatcher Brandi Walton. / Submitted photo

Buckhannon Fire Department commends all involved in life-saving response in December

BUCKHANNON, WV: On Friday, the Buckhannon Fire Department led by Chief JB Kimble thanked and recognized several firefighters, EMS responders, and eleven-year-old Serenity Farrabee, who all aided in the successful response and resuscitation of an individual in cardiac arrest.

On December 19, 2020, Buckhannon resident Rob Posey suffered a heart attack and was unresponsive. His granddaughter, Serenity Farrabee, immediately began chest compressions, while her grandmother, Florence Farrabee, called 911.

The Buckhannon Fire Department and Upshur County EMS’ swift response further led to a positive outcome for Posey. The individuals involved, Captain Brian Elmore, Firefighter John Brugnoli, Paramedics Michele and Brian Shreves, and Dispatcher Brandi Walton were all recognized during Friday’s event and received commendation by the Mayor of Buckhannon, Robbie Skinner.

Chief Kimble noted that CPR instruction in the public school system had been instrumental in Posey’s survival until first responders’ arrived, as his granddaughter knew how to perform CPR and was able to use those lifesaving skills to help save a family member’s life.

Surrounded by his family, Posey thanked all involved and showed gratitude for the efficient response. Thank you to all our first responders, to teachers who teach CPR as part of health education classes, and especially to Serenity Farrabee, a hero for bravely utilizing the skills she learned in school that day.

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