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PRIDEStar EMS paramedics locate patient – JEMS: EMS, Emergency Medical Services

ByMadeleine J. Pierce

Feb 4, 2022
Left to right are Steve Dube, paramedic and Haverhill Division Manager, paramedic Bobby Thorne, patient Steven St. Germaine and paramedic Samantha Kuenzler. (Photo/PRIDEStar EMS)

PRIDEStar EMS shares that two paramedics from its Trinity EMS division recently tracked down a patient they resuscitated last month.

On January 7, Paramedic Samantha Kuenzler arrived at PRIDEStar’s Haverhill base for her 7-hour shift. It was snowing. Before entering, Kuenzler chatted with neighbor Steven St. Germaine, who was plowing the driveway in front of his house.

Kuenzler joked that St. Germaine lived in the safest house on the street because it was so close to Trinity’s base. Saint Germaine laughed and accepted.

Around 5 p.m., Trinity dispatchers received an urgent call from the St. Germaine address about a man who was not answering. Kuenzler heard the call and ran across the street, while his partner, paramedic Bobby Thorne, brought an ambulance home.

They arrived to find Saint Germaine lying on the ground, motionless and without a pulse.

Kuenzler and Thorne assessed that St. Germaine was in cardiac arrest and performed critical life-saving techniques for more than 18 minutes, including manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation, reviving him. Kuenzler and Thorne transported St. Germaine to Lawrence General Hospital, providing further care and comfort.

St. Germaine was released on Friday, January 28, and held an emotional reunion with Kuenzler and Thorne at his home later the same day.

“Steve has a very special place in our hearts,” Kuenzler said. “That’s exactly why we’re doing this work. These results are few and far between. He makes the work worthwhile.

“Bobby and Samantha demonstrated a high level of professionalism in their response, for someone we know as a neighbor and friend.” said David Daly, Founder and CEO of PRIDEStar. “We are so happy that Steve is doing well and that this call ended so well.”