Katy honors first responders
Good news apparently knows no bounds.
In addition to Houston-area headlines that the Katy Fire Department on March 3 saved the life of a drowning 3-year-old, the news also traveled overseas thanks to social media.
At the March 11 Katy City Council meeting, Ward B City Councilman James C. “Jimmy” Mendez Jr. reported that a friend of his in Sweden commented on the Katy Fire Department saving the life of the toddler and that the story had been broadcast widely on Facebook.
The spotlight shone closer to home at the March 11 meeting where members of the Katy Fire and Police departments received recognition from Mayor Chuck Brawner and Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson.
In his “Above & Beyond” proclamation, Brawner praised the fire and medic crew and the police dispatcher for their quick response to a 911 call from Homewood Suites. Brawner said the police dispatcher Neil Lange instructed the child’s father on life-saving procedures to take until first responders arrived. The mayor said first responders from Fire Station 2 arrived about a minute after the call to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and revive the youngster.
Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson presented each first responder with a letter of commendation. For Wilson, who was hired in 2016 by Mayor Fabol Hughes, the quick emergency response with a happy ending is proof positive of the work accomplished through an upgrade and transition to a full-time department. “Any Katy Fire Department crew in a similar situation would act in a similar fashion,” added Wilson.
The Katy Fire Department takes great satisfaction in recognizing the actions of the crews from Station 2 and the police dispatcher, said Wilson, who called them an outstanding example of the responders, department and city.
The city celebrated the grand opening of Station 2 at 25420 Bell Patna Drive, Katy, on March 2.