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The crews of Engine 3 and Engine 6 receive a Distinguished Unit Citation for their life saving efforts in the successful resuscitation of 15 year old Quillen Franklin.
The crews of Engine 3 and Engine 6 receive a Distinguished Unit Citation for their life saving efforts in the successful resuscitation of 15 year old Quillen Franklin.
Hillsboro Fire & Rescue Recognizes their Members (Photo) - 02/09/18

Hillsboro Fire and Rescue held a recognition ceremony last night (February 8, 2018) at the Cherry Lane Fire station. The ceremony was held so Fire Chief David Downey could welcome recently hired employees by swearing them into their newly hired positions while simultaneously recognizing the heroic efforts of other crews who have responded to significant incidents over the last several months.

Chief Downey began the ceremony by welcoming Division Chief Mike Trabue. Chief Trabue accompanied by his wife Luann took his oath in front of a crowded room of guests and department members. Division Chief Trabue came to the City of Hillsboro from the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal where he served as an Assistant Chief Deputy. At Hillsboro, he will serve as the Assistant Fire Marshal overseeing the Fire Prevention and Public Education Division.

Chief Downey also gave the Oath of Office to Firefighters Ryan Frutiger and James Lee. The two newly sworn members recently completed an intense one year training and probationary period after being hired at the fire department. Both candidates performed well during their evaluation period and earned the badge of a Hillsboro Firefighter.

Numerous members of the fire department were also recognized for their efforts in response to incidents in the recent past. Lieutenant Todd Eckhardt, Engineer Chris Vachter and Firefighter Luis Mota were given a Distinguished Unit Citation for their response to the wild fires in California last December. The crew was part of a Washington County Strike team that responded at the request of the State of California to the Thomas Fire in Southern California, that State's largest wild fire in history.

Chief Downey also recognized the heroic efforts of two crews who provided critical lifesaving care to a 15 year old boy who collapsed in cardiac arrest at Liberty High School just before Thanksgiving last year. Two crews responded to the incident that day, Engine 3 from the Ronler Acres station and Engine 6 from the Cherry Lane station. On arrival, the crews found Hillsboro Police School Resource Officer Emory Souza along with a school nurse performing Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to the patient on the ground and administering shocks with a portable Automatic Defibrillator. The arriving paramedics from Hillsboro Fire continued CPR and provided advanced cardiac life support restarting the patient's heart before transporting him to the hospital. Days later the patient Quillen Franklin, was released from the hospital and on January 16th met the crew of Engine 3 who saved his life. For these actions the Crews of Engines 3 and 6 were recognized with a Distinguished Unit Citation.

Engine 3: Lieutenant/Paramedic Vince Rosatti, Engineer/EMT Tyson Wellington, Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Keim, Recruit Firefighters/Paramedics Josh Wilson, Sean Grey and Trevor Sievers.

Engine 6: Lieutenant/ EMT Mark Evans, Engineer/Paramedic Chris Vachter, Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Johnson and Firefighter/EMT Nigel Benshoof.

Hillsboro Fire and Rescue encourages each and every member of the public to learn hands only CPR and insert yourselves into these life and death situations until emergency responders arrive. Early bystander CPR is one of the most critical steps in achieving a positive outcome in a person who unexpectedly goes into cardiac arrest.