Firefighters honored for saving life

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Taylor firefighters were honored during a recent meeting as City Council members applauded. Helping mark the occasion are Fire Chief Vince Fedel (left), fire medic Bryan Schwesing, Lt. Chad Cousino, Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand and Capt. Glenn Ross. Fire medic Jason Anderson was unable to attend the meeting.

TAYLOR — Four firefighters have been honored for their efforts in saving the life of a volunteer member of the Taylor Auxiliary Police Department.

The firefighters — Capt. Glenn Ross, Lt. Chad Cousino and fire medics Bryan Schwesing and Jason Anderson — were honored with a certificate of appreciation during the Feb. 16 City Council meeting.

Fire Chief Vince Fedel said the four were instrumental in saving the life of Lt. Charles Owens, a member of the city’s auxiliary police, the evening of Jan. 15.

The firefighters were summoned to Owens, who was suffering chest pains. They treated him and transported to Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center in Dearborn, where a doctor said he had a heart attack and three arteries had closed. He received four stents in two arteries during surgery.

“I was in extreme distress, and these men made me feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible,” Owens said in a letter to city officials. “I believe if it wasn’t for the Fire Department’s quick response and professional skills that I would not be here writing this letter.

“These men went above and beyond in my eyes … I credit these fine heroes from the Taylor Fire Department who indeed helped save my life that night.”