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City Recognizes Staff Who Saved the Life of Citizen Volunteer
Citizen brought back to life at Pumpkinfest
Franklin—When Franklin Police Volunteer Tim Wait showed up at the 2019 Pumpkinfest, he thought it was just another fun filled Franklin event, like many others he had volunteered for over the past four years. Franklin Police Volunteers help event attendees with directions, parking, lost and found and many other things that come up at events. But this year it turned out it was Tim who needed the help.
On the morning of Saturday, October 26th, Tim arrived at City Hall for the standard safety briefing. Volunteers, Franklin Police, Franklin Firefighters/paramedics and many other staff met to discuss the event, safety procedures, staff locations and any weather that may be in the area. During the briefing, Tim began to feel lightheaded and a little dizzy. He sat down to see if that would help. Tim’s heart stopped beating that morning. Luckily, he was in a room filled with safety personnel who jumped to action.
The Police Department called for the Fire Department to help, Captain Greg Wild witnessed Tim close his eyes and fall to the ground. Wild directed staff to get EMS supplies and the AED device. They witnessed Tim go into full arrest, so they immediately started CPR and attached the AED. By that time firefighters from Rescue-1 arrived with their Advanced Life Support (ALS) equipment and the team with Engine-1 arrived on scene as well to assist. During the next 20-30 minutes, the Fire team worked on Tim who had lost his pulse several times.
The next thing Tim remembered was waking up in the back of an ambulance on the way to Vanderbilt Hospital. He is very grateful to all who helped save his life including Franklin Fire, Franklin Police, and Williamson County EMS. On an added note, Police Officer Ryan Schuman went to Tim’s house to inform his wife, Jodie, what was going on and took her to the hospital and stayed with her while the hospital helped Tim. The following City Personnel were recognized at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meeting December 10, 2019 for their heroic efforts in saving Tim Wait’s life.
- Glenn Johnson Assistant Chief, EMT
- Greg Wild Captain, EMT
- Eddie Proctor Engineer, AEMT
- Dan McDow Firefighter, AEMT
- Jeremiah Rogers Engineer, AEMT
- Joe Burwell Firefighter, Paramedic
- Doug Bowman Engineer, EMT
- Paul Seltz Engineer, AEMT
- Daniel White Firefighter, Paramedic
- Alan Fulwood Firefighter, CC-Paramedic
- Tom Chaffin Captain, AEMT
- Byron Dahlstrom Firefighter, Paramedic
- Jayce Pickle Firefighter, AEMT
- Ryan Naylor Fire Inspector, Paramedic
- Andrew Ivey Lieutenant, AEMT
- Curt Edelmann Assistant Fire Marshal, EMR
Here is a note from Tim Wait below:
I am a Volunteer with the Franklin Police Department. I have been involved with this program for the past four years after going through the Citizens Police Academy training program and to date, have given over 500 volunteer hours to support these officers. Our group of Volunteers helps support the Department whenever special events are taking place in the city of Franklin and we do this by helping direct traffic for parades, assisting with the numerous marathons (5k, 10k runs), fill in for school crossing guards as needed, or just being visible to help officers during major events like the Main Street Festival, the Pilgrimage, the Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas. We act as ambassadors for the city by helping attendees of these various events with directions to parking, lost and found, or questions like “where is an ATM or where are the bathrooms?” This is a great way to help the visitors and to assist the Officers and we are always in contact with them either by radio or telephone.
The events leading up to my cardiac arrest on Saturday October 26th began as any other normal day for me. I arrived at the City Hall location for the standard briefing for all those who would be helping with the Pumpkin Fest taking place that day. This included Police Officers, Firefighters, EMS personnel and about 5 or 6 of the Franklin Police Volunteers. This briefing was to begin at 9:30 a.m. As we were waiting for this to begin, I was speaking with another volunteer (John Eibl) when I began to feel lightheaded and a little dizzy. I sat down on a chair to see if that would help. I remember turning to John and saying I didn’t feel very good and the next thing I remember is waking up in the back of the ambulance racing to Vanderbilt Hospital.
There are so many people to be thanked for the extremely quick action that took place on my behalf that morning and beyond. In particular, a huge THANK YOU to the firefighters/paramedics that performed CPR and shocked me to bring me back. I know that Station 1 was responsible for this, but there were others from the other local stations there that morning and most likely assisted. The Williamson County EMS personnel that transported me to the hospital and the Franklin Police officers that were there and also supported me while I was in the hospital and afterwards. My wife, Jodie, and I owe a huge thank you to Officer Ryan Schuhman as he went to our house immediately following my health event to pick her up and get her to the hospital as quickly as he could and he stayed with her for a while as tests were being run on me.
We also have great friends, neighbors and relatives that prayed for us during this ordeal and brought food or sent flowers to the house and a few of them are here with us tonight and we thank them again for all of their support.
And a great big thank you to Chief Faulkner for her support and recognition of those here this evening. I thank you from the bottom of my now, more hopefully healthy, heart! I am here to continue enjoying life because of our wonderful paramedics. I look forward to continuing my volunteer work!
God Bless our entire support system.
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