Originally published May 16, 2002
The Akron Fire Department has received an EMS Star of Life Award for its actions in responding to a Dec. 7, 2001, incident in which 11-year-old Leroy Sutton of Akron was struck by a train.
The award from the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians is one of ten and is to be given to the Akron Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service personnel who responded to the incident.
Both of Leroy's legs were amputated after he was struck while walking to school along the Wheeling & Lake Erie railroad tracks in East Akron.
Leroy returned to school in April and is a fifth-grader at Akron's Case Elementary School.
Akron firefighters and paramedics named in the award were: Lt. Doug Bjerre, Michelle Reedy, Keith Forfia, Danielle Michel, Richard Staeger and Richard Wendelken.
In addition to that award, honorable mentions were awarded to the Akron Fire Department, three awards; the Bath Township Fire Department, one award; Medina Life Support Team, one award; and the Stow Fire Department, one award.
The awards are being given at a dinner tonight in Columbus as part of Ohio's EMS week.