Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland, left, receives the Mission Lifeline Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association via Terry Hamilton, the president of Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, right.

Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland, left, receives the Mission Lifeline Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association via Terry Hamilton, the president of Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, right.

Photo by Brendan Losinski


Roseville Fire Department recognized for response to cardiac emergencies

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 12, 2019

 The Roseville Fire Department gave badges to five promoted or recently hired department members at the same meeting where it was honored by the American Heart Association. The members are, from left, Lt. John Tovarez, Sgt. Inspector Michelle Cattaneo, firefighter medic Jeff LeRoy, firefighter medic Derek Smith and firefighter medic Cody Junkin.

The Roseville Fire Department gave badges to five promoted or recently hired department members at the same meeting where it was honored by the American Heart Association. The members are, from left, Lt. John Tovarez, Sgt. Inspector Michelle Cattaneo, firefighter medic Jeff LeRoy, firefighter medic Derek Smith and firefighter medic Cody Junkin.

Photo by Brendan Losinski

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ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Fire Department has real heart — and that’s according to the American Heart Association.

At the Roseville City Council Meeting July 9, the department received the Mission Lifeline Gold Plus Award from the AHA. It is given to departments that have demonstrated exceptional performance in responding to cardiac-based emergencies.

The award was presented in conjunction with Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, which receives most of Roseville’s paramedic calls.

“What the American Heart Association does is look at the chain of care someone receives when they have a cardiac event,” explained Terry Hamilton, the hospital’s president. “They look at the EMS and fire departments in the field, as well as facilities like ours. They look at the speed of care and if they are using best practices. We help accumulate the data on these patients and submit the application for this annual award.”

Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland said the key for any paramedic team when responding to possible cardiac emergencies is their response time and the ability to properly diagnose issues.

“It singles out that we were able to identify 100% of the blockages for patients when they were heart-issue related, and we called to alert the hospital to activate the cardiac catheterization team,” he said. “This costs the hospital money, so having paramedic teams able to accurately identify these issues are very important.”

Hamilton said there were a number of factors that set the Roseville Fire Department ahead of the pack, but that the key reasons are the most obvious ones.

“They are fast and they are good,” he said. “Obviously, the chief has been supportive of education for decades in regard to safety and classes. They demonstrate they care for them fast, and they care for them well. … They are collecting and sending EKG data, they are delivering anticoagulation medication in possible cardiac events to help the patients, and most importantly, they are quick to respond to those in their service.”

The award is a fairly uncommon one, but not for the Roseville Fire Department.

“This is the fifth time we were recognized with this award in the last five years. Not only were we recognized at the highest level, but we have consistently done it in the past several years,” Holland said. “There were only two fire departments within Macomb County who received this award, and only four other departments in the whole state that received them.”

Holland also noted that there were also two ambulance companies in Michigan that received the award this year as well.

When the Mission Lifeline Gold Plus Award was presented to the Roseville Fire Department, Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital also presented Holland with an honor coin to recognize his individual efforts in keeping the community safe. The medallion is given to emergency medical service leaders who have demonstrated stellar conduct.

“The honor coin recognizes great work in the field,” said Hamilton. “We will honor those who perform those duties exceptionally to show who is standing as an example in the field.”

Holland said he was surprised and thankful for the recognition.

“I also fulfill a role at the Medical Control Authority as vice chair of the Macomb County Medical Control Authority Advisory Board, and I know that was part of what they were recognizing,” he remarked. “I was very surprised. I’m very honored, and I know it is very infrequently given out, so I appreciate the thought behind it.”

Holland said firefighters and paramedics don’t go into the field for recognition, but he said they are grateful for it. He believes the greatest reward is knowing that there are people alive today thanks to their work.

“We are very proud we are able to provide this level of service to our community and save lives — lives that 15 years ago might not have been saved,” he said. “This is a feeling of satisfaction that we are able to save those lives in the field.”

“The hospital is very proud to be able to partner with the experts at Roseville fire and EMS to provide the best possible care to the citizens in this area,” added Hamilton. “Only six organizations won this Mission Lifeline Gold Plus Award in Michigan. There are very good reasons for that.”

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