TFD medics recognized

TROY — On Tuesday afternoon, a pair of Troy firefighters/paramedics were recognized for their outstanding work while treating a trauma patient who was involved in a motor vehicle crash last October.

Firefighter Ryan Havenar and Firefighter Joseph Schmelzer were sent to a mutual aide medic run for a crash on Monroe-Concord Road on Oct. 30, 2021.

The pair rendered medical care to a badly injured crash victim at the scene and during transport to Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC).

The patient was a restrained driver in a head-on crash.

According to information released by Premier Health and UVMC, the patient was found to have a large bleeding wound to the thigh. Havenar and Schmelzer packed the wound to control bleeding and began transport to the hospital. Upon arrival at UVMC, the pair continued to provide and assist with care while in the trauma bay due to the need to provide an airway due to the patient’s severe injuries. The patient was ultimately transferred to Miami Valley Hospital due to the extent of injuries.

“The Troy Fire team performed outstanding on-scene and great teamwork with UVMC,” said Dr. Pradeesh George, UVMC Trauma Medical Director, “contacting them (UVMC ED trauma unit) multiple times to update them on patient status and then staying to assist with care once they arrived with the patient.”

Both firefighters received challenge coins and pins, along with a commendation letter for their files.

Dr. George said that these are the first awards to their type to be awarded in the local area.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Joseph Schmelzer’s name. The Miami Valley Today regrets our previous error.