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ZEBULON, N.C. -- Two firefighters were recognized at the May 21 Wake County Cardiac Arrest Survivor Ceremony in Raleigh.

Lt. Wayne Dupree and firefighter Joe Beasley were acknowledged for doing their part in fully resuscitating an individual in September 2007.

The ceremony, in its second year, honored emergency medical service providers across the county for 49 would-be victims they were able to revive so effectively they were discharged from the hospital on their own two feet. Beasley and Dupree helped save one of those 49.

Dupree said he and Beasley's September call in the Zebulon response area initially came in as an unconscious individual, but a second call confirmed a code blue, a need for immediate resuscitation.

Beasley and Dupree were met at the scene by three Eastern Wake EMS specialists, including paramedic Ryan Tedder, EMT Joe Montague and EMS supervisor Bobby Cockrell. Between the CPR administered by Beasley and Dupree, and the medical attention given by Montague, Tedder and Cockrell, the individual survived near loss of life, and was able to walk away from the hospital in the end.

"It's by no means an everyday thing," Beasley said.

The success resulted in the only code blue survivor in Zebulon in the entire year.

"Unfortunately there's less that make it than don't make it," Beasley said. "One [survivor] might not sound good, but code blue calls are in many cases made too late."

Dupree said ever since Zebulon adopted the First Responder system in the fire department in 1999, he could count on one hand the times someone like this person was successfully revived. Had the ceremony been held before 2007, members of both the fire department and EMS would have been recognized at the survivor ceremony.

Beasley said Montague, Tedder and Cockrell should receive no less praise than Dupree or himself.

"You can't forget them," Beasley said. "We wouldn't have been able to save the guy without them. We work and do everything as a team."

Beasley said the EMS providers are all modest, hardworking people who are top-notch at what they do.

As for Beasley and Dupree, Chief Sidney Perry said it was one of those ideal situations where things worked out for the best.

"They just did a great service and it was fortunate they were able to be there in time to help," Perry said.

Contact Aaron Moody at 269-6101, ext. 107, or amoody@nando.com

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