Firefighter / Safety Officer Robert Stratton to receive National Liberty Museum Award of Valor
Effective Wednesday September 9, 2015
From: Dean K. Miller, Public Information Officer
It is our honor and privilege to announce on Wednesday September 30, 2015 Firefighter / Safety Officer Robert Stratton and Paramedic Nicole Smith of Harleysville Area EMS will be receiving the National Liberty Museum Award of Valor for actions on May 27, 2014 that saved a life.
Paramedic Smith and Firefighter Stratton were jointly nominated for their dual role in saving the life of Sequiel Serrano during an intense vehicle rescue on the PA Turnpike. Being some of the first responders on scene, Nicole and Bob applied a tourniquet (supplied by Montgomery County) to the patient’s leg that was heavily entrapped and bleeding profusely. Nicole began advanced life support measures in the cab with the patient, while Bob began to prepare for the difficult extrication. These actions allowed Mr. Serrano to remain alive long enough to have rescue crews, and a surgeon, free him from the wreckage.
This unique, technical and extremely challenging rescue was a success because of the combined efforts of everyone who was on scene that day. We had over 7 Fire/Rescue companies involved, Medic units from the region assisting our crews, as well as Doctor David Jaslow (Medical Director of Bryn Athyn EMS), two additional Doctors from Bucks County, PA Turnpike and PA State Police officials who were on scene that day. Everyone involved played a valuable role in the success of saving Mr. Serrano’s life.
Although everyone involved in the rescue are to be commended, these two individuals made the initial, and most critical “Life Saving” actions and decisions, that helped this call remain a rescue verses a recovery. They were nominated for their actions and chosen by the National Liberty Museum Award of Valor nominating committee.
Some information about the National Liberty Museum Award of Valor;
This is the 10th year of this annual award presented by the National Liberty Museum honoring living Police Officers, Correction Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs from the Greater Philadelphia Region for remarkable acts of heroism and for serving as role models in their communities. Over the past 10 years, more than 150 of Pennsylvania’s, New Jersey’s and Delaware’s bravest have been recognized for their remarkable actions. Nicole’s and the other recipients of the award will have their picture and story displayed in the museum for the more than 60,000 annual visitors of the museum to see.