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Canandaigua firefighters honored for quick action, credited with saving life

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Two Canandaigua Fire Department firefighters were recently honored for their bravery and quick thinking in a life-threatening situation last year. Captain Jay Boock and firefighter Ryan Foster were both presented with “Life Saving Awards” by the Ontario County Safety Council on Tuesday.


The recognition was for their response to an emergency call on November 12th, when they were dispatched to help a man suffering from a serious hemorrhage. Boock and Foster arrived on the scene first and immediately took action, taking turns holding pressure on the patient’s femoral artery bleed as he was being transported from a city residence to the hospital.

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Due to the location of the injury, using a tourniquet was not feasible, so the only lifesaving option available to Foster and Boock was to use their hands to keep pressure on the wound. Their quick thinking and training proved to be crucial in stabilizing the patient’s condition until he could receive further medical attention.

The patient was later taken to a hospital in Rochester where he made a full recovery. The heroic efforts of Boock and Foster undoubtedly played a significant role in saving his life. Their bravery and selflessness are a true testament to the dedication and professionalism of the Canandaigua Fire Department.