Man saved by first responders returns a year later to say ‘thank you’

Published 4:16 pm Monday, July 1, 2019

William Sunier and his family visited Station 6 in Corolla on Monday, July 1 to thank the members of C-Shift who saved his life on June 20, 2018.

Sunier was the Fire Division’s first cardiac arrest. According to information from Currituck County Fire & EMS, after five defibrillations – one AED PTA and four via Lifepack 15 –Sunier was converted to a sinus arrhythmia and flown to Norfolk General, where further care was provided.

Sunier walked out of the hospital a week later with zero deficit. Since then, two of his sons that witnessed the event, including one who provided bystander CPR, have chosen to become firefighter/EMTs.

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Captain Pugh, Lt. Lane, Lt. Russo, firefighter/paramedic Cody Cornelius, former firefighter/paramedic Kevin Morgan, former firefighter/paramedic Nick Putskey, firefighter/paramedic Jeff Foster took part in Sunier’s rescue and Corolla Fire volunteers helped set up the landing zone.



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