Young heroes to be honored for rescue

Published 08/08 2013 12:29PM

Updated 08/08 2013 12:38PM

CATLIN -- Two teens spend their time off helping others. They volunteer as firefighter cadets. Now, they're being honored for their dedication. WCIA-3's Jessica Shaw has their story.

They're being called heroes, but of course, they'll just tell you they're doing their jobs. But, these two teens, along with three other firefighters helped save a woman's life.

For teenagers, these aren't the typical tools of the trade. But, for fire cadets, Tyler Foster and Steven Meade, it's their tools of choice.

"The fire department is kind of in the blood of my family. I've wanted to be a firefighter since I was 3-years old."

"If not just a full-time fireman, maybe just do it part-time."

They'll soon be two of the youngest Catlin volunteer firefighters to receive the Cardiac Save Award. In December, Foster, Meade and three other firefighters just returned from a call when they received another one.

"When the call came in, I knew it was something really serious, which most of our calls are. Right when we got there, I just went through all the training I learned."

A woman across the street had gone into cardiac arrest. The five rushed over and performed CPR. They were able to get her in an ambulance.

"Tyler has been doing this longer than I have. Just one thing after another. It just flows. We're a team."

That team saved her life. Experts say for every minute after the attack, chances of survival drop by 10%.

"I didn't do it to be recognized. I really didn't think we were going to be. But, it feels good."

While an award is nice, the two say the experience they've picked up since joining Catlin Fire is reward enough.

"It's something I want to do for the rest of my life. I love helping people. It's a great feeling."

"You don't have to be a big town to do something great."

Those five firefighters are going to be awarded pins and certificates Thursday night. The banquet starts at 6 pm at the Catlin Fire House.

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