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Spotlight on Main-Transit: Erie County Firefighter of the Year

 

A 23-year-old Main-Transit firefighter was honored last year as Erie County Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.

Nick Stevens, a lifelong Ayer Road resident, was honored during Firefighters’ Day at the Erie County Fair. Stevens was cited for his quick action on Sept. 24, 2011, when he responded to a call of a man down, not breathing, at Audubon Golf Course on Maple Road. Stevens had just returned from a funeral for a brother firefighter and was refueling a utility truck at the Amherst Highway pumps on North Forest Road.

“I had just finished gassing up and was at the driveway when I heard Getzville’s tones go out for a 72-year-old male who was down and unresponsive,” Stevens said. “It was an Echo response, meaning any nearby unit can respond, so I responded.

“When I arrived, an employee of the course flagged me down and escorted me to the 12th green,” Stevens recalled. “The gentlemen was blue and I called in a working code and from there, my training just kicked in.”

After Stevens administered CPR and used the defibrillator, the victim’s vital signs improved and he was transported to the hospital, where he recovered and was released two weeks later.

Stevens’ quick action undoubtedly saved the man’s life, according to Main-Transit Chief Carl Fischer.

Stevens, who works as a dispatcher for Rural Metro Ambulance Service in Buffalo, became interested in the fire service during his time in Boy Scout Troop 262 and joined the Explorer’s Program at Main-Transit. “I was intrigued by the fire service and my training exploded from there,” he said.

After serving in the Explorer’s, Stevens became a member of the department when he turned 18. He also knew he found his calling. Stevens has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from University of New Haven. He is currently pursuing a full-time job in the fire service outside the Buffalo area.

Stevens, who was appointed a lieutenant in January 2012 and continues his position this year, says it will be difficult to leave the Buffalo area “since that is where the fire service began for me. But I know I can start over somewhere and benefit that community as I have tried to do here.”

 

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