Jun 29, 2018

Off Duty IAEP Member Saves Life at Front Door

In the fall of 2017, IAEP Local 87 member and EMT Brent Cinberg was asleep between shifts when he awoke in his apartment to sudden and insistent knocking. Two of Cinberg’s neighbors, aware they lived downstairs from an EMT, were standing at his front door holding their 3-month old infant in respiratory arrest. Still in his pajamas, Cinberg began to perform CPR on the child and instructed the parents to dial 911.
By performing chest compressions, Cinberg kept the infant stable until his fellow EMS professionals from Local 87 in Elizabeth, New Jersey arrived and were able to transport the child to a nearby hospital.
Despite the true heroism that Cinberg displayed that night, he insists that it was just the natural reaction of a first responder. However, the experience was still unique for Cinberg who stated, “As an EMT you typically have a partner with you responding to calls, so it was a little nerve-wracking handling a pediatric code on my own for the first time.”
Brent Cinberg has been an EMT for eight years, more than four of which have been spent with Elizabeth EMS. Following the event, Cinberg received numerous awards and distinctions for his act of courage. On June 12, 2018, he received the American Heart Association’s Hero Award. He also received a letter of medical commendation from the city of Elizabeth on May 17th, BLS Provider of the Year from Trinitas Hospital, and was recognized at the Knights of Columbus on June 3rd, 2018.
“I wouldn’t expect any less of Brent,” said National Representative Frank Wagner, who works closely with the local, “he’s proven himself on the job as a smart and capable EMT.”
 “Our nation’s EMS professionals do this work every day without always appreciating the crucial role they have in our communities, or the major impact they have on the lives of patients and their families,” said IAEP National Director Phil Petit.
Please join us in recognizing EMT Brent Cinberg for his quick, lifesaving actions and dedication to his community. 

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