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Marion County paramedic awarded Cardiac Arrest Save Medal

A Marion County Fire Rescue paramedic was recently awarded a Cardiac Arrest Save Medal after her actions helped save the life of a patient following a traffic accident.

On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at around 7 p.m., MCFR Medic #65 was dispatched to the 3300 block of SW College Road in Ocala due to reports of a multi-vehicle accident.

Upon arrival, paramedic Caitlin McClure triaged patients from three different vehicles, and she declared four of those patients to be ‘trauma alerts.’

McClure loaded the most critical patient into Medic #65 and directed that her partner drive to the hospital. In the back of the ambulance, she declared the patient a ‘trauma code.’

She continued life-saving CPR while en route to the hospital and achieved the return of spontaneous circulation. This gave the patient the best chance of survival.

MCFR Deputy Chief Robert Graff and Battalion Chief Brad Olmsted presented the Cardiac Arrest Save Medal to McClure this week.

Marion County paramedic awarded Cardiac Arrest Save Medal
Marion County Fire Rescue paramedic Caitlin McClure (center) was awarded a Cardiac Arrest Save Medal

In a Facebook posting, Marion County Fire Rescue stated, “Congrats Caitlin, we look forward to the great service you provide our citizens for years to come!”