Paramedics honored for saving lives during Power Ultra Lounge mass shooting
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
Paramedics who helped save the lives of the 28 victims injured in the Power Ultra Lounge shooting earlier this month were honored Tuesday for their efforts. The MEMS workers who responded that night will now wear a special pin on their uniform.
"There were lots of people. Everyone was scared. I mean, even the crews that were there were scared,” said Jesse Brown, an EMT for MEMS.
Laurie Hicks and Lauren Passmore were working dispatch that night.
"We're there for them in their worst time. So in order to get the information from them and to get them the care they need, we have to calm them down and give them that reassurance,” Hicks said.
They worked to get crews on the scene and to check with hospitals on how many patients they could take.
"So we were contacting the hospitals as well as still taking other 911 calls,” Passmore said.
Jesse Brown had only been working as an EMT for seven months and was the first team to arrive on the scene.
"I can't tell you how many times I repeated, "Just calm down and breathe. You got to talk to me and let me know what's going on,'” Brown said.
Michael Grimes was the supervisor on the scene working hand-in-hand with the police and fire department. Police officers arriving first to secure the scene are credited with several tourniquets and chest seals - their training and coordination kicking in like clockwork.
"It's very rewarding knowing that all of the patients, what is it 28, that none of them died,” Hicks said.
MEMS workers say it only took 32 minutes from start to finish to triage and help all of the victims.
"It's a completely outstanding feat to be able to say all 28 patients were able to go home,” Brown said.
MEMS has only handed out these pins a handful of times for major tragedies, like the 1999 American Airlines crash and the Vilonia tornado.