firefighter Mark Freeman, right, holds his United Fire
state Firefighter of the Year award as Shane Hessell who
was saved by Freeman, attends the ceremony with his
Freeman combined professional readiness and determined
spirit to save a life. He displayed endurance--both
physical and mental--most cannot imagine.
was teaching at a Boy Scout camp twenty miles outside
Payson Arizona. He happened upon two men carrying an
unconscious male. The victim had suffered an allergic
reaction and was in anaphylactic shock and respiratory
arrest. Certainly, a life was in the balance.
Freeman went into action. He sent the victims friends to
activate the emergency medical service in the area. This
great firefighter performed mouth-to-mouth on the victim
for forty-five minutes--awaiting paramedics. Once help
arrived the man was rushed to the hospital. He survived
without any permanent disabilities.
understand the full measure of this noble deed, consider
this-- the victim--a man in his twenties was a husband
and a father. Our Firefighter of the Year--Mark
Freeman--gave this man a second chance in life with his
family and friends.
Ells - Tempe Fire Department
John Heil- Motorola Inc.
Scott Jaeger- Prescott Fire Department
George Leech- BIA Forestry
Susan Sherwin- Maricopa County Attorney's Office