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CAFMA recognizes locals for heroic actions

CAFMA recognizes locals for heroic actions

News Tips CAFMA recognizes locals for heroic actions Alisa Lester, Jay Ortenzo and Bill Bailey were recognized by the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority during its monthly board of directors meeting on Monday, Oct. 22. (Nick Scalisie/Courtesy) Tweet Ethan Hutchison (second to left) and Mikayla Baker were recognized by the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority during its monthly board of directors meeting on Monday, Oct. 22. (Nick Scalisie/Courtesy)
During its monthly board of directors meeting on Monday, Oct. 22, the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) recognized local citizens who disregarded their own personal safety to save others in recent months.
Two of those recognized were Mikayla Baker and Ethan Hutchison. Both CAFMA personnel, the couple saved a man who was brutally attacked at a remote camp site in the Verde Valley on Sept. 8. Though they were off-duty, they provided immediate aid, contacted 911, and evacuated the patient to the nearest major roadway for air transport to a trauma facility. According to the deputies who responded, it is unlikely the man would have lived without their intervention.
Three others recognized were Alisa Lester, Jay Ortenzo and Bill Bailey. The three stopped at the scene of a traffic crash on Highway 89 that took the lives of three people on Aug. 30. Despite the vehicles being on fire and having no way to battle the flames, Ortenzo and Bailey worked to pull four patients from the wreckage. Lester cared for the three children pulled from one of the vehicles and prevented them from running back toward the scene.
“These folks are true heroes, and it was our honor and privilege to recognize them,” said CAFMA Fire Marshall Rick Chase.

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