From left, Lt. Michael Gladieux, firefighter Nate Mathews, firefighter Scott Loveday, firefighter Ryan Edwards, firefighter Daniel Adorjan, Fire Chief David Cummins, Capt. Jeff Hegerberg, firefighter Noah Cockroft and firefighter Jon Shell stand in Royal Oak City Hall after the Royal Oak Fire Department awards ceremony Oct. 14.

From left, Lt. Michael Gladieux, firefighter Nate Mathews, firefighter Scott Loveday, firefighter Ryan Edwards, firefighter Daniel Adorjan, Fire Chief David Cummins, Capt. Jeff Hegerberg, firefighter Noah Cockroft and firefighter Jon Shell stand in Royal Oak City Hall after the Royal Oak Fire Department awards ceremony Oct. 14.

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Royal Oak Fire Department distributes annual awards

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published October 29, 2019

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ROYAL OAK — First responders often shy away from the limelight, preferring to credit their team with their accomplishments.

However, Royal Oak Fire Department Chief David Cummins opted to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps and bestow the annual departmental awards at the Oct. 14 City Commission meeting.

“We try to tie it as closely as we can to Fire Prevention Week, which is whatever week Oct. 9 falls, in honor of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871,” Cummins said.

He said the Fire Department embarked on approximately 6,200 runs this year, and he gave out four awards — two lifesaving awards, a commendation for bravery and a unit citation.

Firefighters Nate Mathews, Ryan Edwards and Daniel Adorjan received a lifesaving award for their actions while responding to a vehicle and pedestrian incident.

“This one was nominated almost a year to the day last year when we did this,” Cummins said. “The thing that made it stand out even over and above other runs was the fact that they had several things that they had to identify and overcome.”

Some of those factors, he said, included that construction in the city created a situation in which it was difficult to get the patient to where firefighters needed him to be, and that the patient also suffered a collapsed lung.

“These gentlemen here had to basically decompress this person’s chest and let trapped air out so they could breath,” he said. “If they wouldn’t have intervened, the outcome of it would have been much different, and as it turns out, the patient was feeling much better upon arrival at the hospital than when these guys got him.”

Cummins also handed out lifesaving awards to Capt. Jeff Hegerberg, firefighter Scott Loveday, firefighter Noah Cockroft and firefighter Jon Shell for their quick actions to perform CPR and save a patient’s life.

“Not only did they restore vital signs, but the patient involved was able to walk out of the hospital with no deficits, which is really pretty incredible,” Cummins said. “When these gentlemen arrived on scene, the person had the absence of vital signs.”

Lt. Michael Gladieux, firefighter Mitch Masser and firefighter Travis McPherson received an award for bravery for their actions in response to a house fire.

“We respond to a house fire with a trapped occupant, and these men went from firefighting operations — they had to put the hose line down and step away from their own personal safety — to go do what our primary mission is in the fire service and extricate people out of burning buildings when they can’t do so for themselves,” Cummins said.

Cummins did not present the unit citation at the City Commission meeting.

“We are so fortunate to have some of the bravest firefighters working on our behalf,” Mayor Michael Fournier said. 

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