Off-duty hero honored

8:50 PM, Mar 15, 2011   |    comments
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It happened on Dec. 19 in Morrison.

Firefighter/EMT Cory Lambert was having breakfast when another person in the restaurant started choking. Paramedics were called, but before they could arrive the victim became unconscious.

That's when West Metro Fire Public Information Officer Cindy Matthews says Lambert jumped into action.

"While West Metro units were responding, the patient became unresponsive with no pulse, and firefighter Lambert began performing CPR. His efforts at performing chest compressions after being unable to clear the obstructed airway played a pivotal role in the successful resuscitation of the patient," Matthews said in statement.

"You're kind of trained just to notice an emergency taking place and acting upon it," Lambert said.

The patient survived because of firefighter Lambert's actions, Matthews added.

Because of his actions on that day, Lambert was presented with the West Metro Fire Rescue 911 Hero Life Saving Award.

"This is an incredible recognition. This is a department that I've always looked up to and for them to honor me the way that they have means more than I have ever imagined and I know everyone says you saved a life, but I didn't expect this much out of it. It's humbling," Lambert said.

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