Kaiser Permanente celebrated first responders from the Napa-Solano area last week during an event at the Vacaville Medical Center.
“We are lucky to have these dedicated first responders serving our community every day,” said Chris Bandy, MD, trauma medical director for Kaiser Permanente’s Vacaville Medical Center. “We are proud to honor them."
Over the past few weeks, local residents nominated someone who works in emergency medical services who went above and beyond in protecting or saving lives, or helped with efforts that are focused on injury prevention.
The nominees and selected finalists represented emergency agencies in Napa and Solano counties.
The three finalists included Captain Jose Martin of the American Canyon Fire Protection District.
Martin was on vacation with his family near Indio, California when they witnessed a single-car accident. With one passenger ejected, and two in the overturned vehicle that was now on fire, Martin knew he was in the right place at the right time.
He quickly checked on the ejected passenger, who had suffered numerous fractures, and then along with the help of his brother and another bystander, focused their efforts on rescuing the two passengers trapped in the burning car.
The three were able to extract both occupants and Martin performed CPR on one passenger until local first responders arrived. That victim died a short time later. Martin’s quick actions helped prevent additional casualties.
Officer Josh Toney of the city of Napa Police Department was also honored.
Martin and Toney each received a framed commemorative certificate.