2008 Carey Life Saving Award


On Sunday, August 17, 2008 Lt. Chris Carey was scheduled to work his normal shift beginning at 4:00 P.M., but had requested to report to his shift late due to a home project. At about 3:50 P.M., his son David entered the residence with Justin Keller, a neighbor boy, advising Lt. Carey that Justin’s 18-year-old brother Josh, had collapsed outside. Lt. Carey responded immediately and recognized that Josh was in cardiac arrest and began providing CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) until responding emergency medical services arrived.

Officer Josh Schroeder was one of the first to arrive on-scene and connected his AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) which advised “no shock”. Lt. Carey continued CPR providing lifesaving rescue breathing and circulation until the Fire Department and FM Ambulance arrived and provided advanced life support and transport to a medical facility. The administering of CPR on a known victim took on a very personal meaning and stress for Lt. Carey who performed in a professional and compassionate manner in this lifesaving effort. It is without question that Josh Keller would not have survived without the quick action of Lt. Carey and others in providing necessary lifesaving measures.