Each year the Rotary Club of Elk Grove recognizes a local member of law enforcement, education, military, and fire service with the Hometown Hero Award for exemplary service provided to the community. This year, nine exceptional members of the Cosumnes Fire Department were honored as Hometown Hero Award recipients.
The Cosumnes Fire Department crew members recognized were Battalion Chief Kevin McLean, Captains Scott Clark and Kirk McKinzie, Engineers Rob Henkens and Mike Slaight, and Firefighters Adam Braziel, Gabe Flores, Joel Hickman and Jason DeCou.
They were recognized for their efforts on a medical aid on December 30, 2014, where they rescued a male patient, John Frassetto, who was trapped under his Ford Expedition after it fell off the jacks and came to rest on his head. A U.S. postal carrier nearby heard Frassetto’s cries for help and called 911.
The responding emergency crews rapidly extricated and aggressively treated and transported the patient to Kaiser Hospital in South Sacramento. He arrived at the trauma facility less than 30 minutes from the time of call. Frassetto was diagnosed with several facial fractures, a skull fracture, and lost his left eye, but was later discharged.
Several of theresponding crewmembers stayed behind and put the patient’s SUV back together and secured his property before they cleared the scene. During the Hometown Hero Awards ceremony, Frassetto expressed the relief he felt when he returned home for the first time and saw that his property had been secured and he did not have to go through the process of fixing his SUV so soon after his life threatening incident.
“We believe this is the epitome of our core values and beliefs,” said Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin during the ceremony. “The crewmembers being recognized here today are a perfect representation of our organization.”
“The effort not only to save the patient’s life but to provide the value-added service of putting the car back together and securing his property is exactly the kind of exemplary service we strive for every day,” said Cosumnes Fire Chief Tracey Hansen.
The Rotary Club presented the Cosumnes Fire Department crews and three other honorees with Hometown Hero Award plaques at the Rotary Club’s luncheon ceremony, hosted at Vince’s Ristorante on Elk Grove-Florin Road on April 22, 2015.