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For those working on the front lines as a first responder, saving a life on your day off is just another day.
Last summer off-duty Boynton Beach firefighter/paramedic Brett Siew put his skills and training to use when he came upon a car with two passengers that had crashed into a tree while visiting the Winston Trails Community west of Lake Worth.
“When I heard his agonal breathing, I knew I had to do something,” said Siew, who began his career with Boynton Beach Fire Rescue in November 2009 after a career as a social worker working with foster children.
“I was blessed to be in the right place at the right time,” he said. “I have a certain skill set and I’m happy I got to use it.”
He gives credit to bystander Tyler Gray, a sophomore at Park Vista High School, who helped him perform CPR.
“I’d love for more people to be certified in CPR,” Siew said. “It can help save a life.”
He checked for a carotid pulse and pulled the man from the vehicle and began chest compressions, while having Gray call 911.
Soon, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Engine 43 arrived on scene and began an intravenous drip while en route to JFK Medical Center.
Thanks to the efforts of Siew and Gray, the patient survived.
Siew’s supervisor, Lt. Rod Nance, was not surprised by his heroic efforts.
“Brett is by far the most diligent, hard-working, honest, ethical, humble and best firefighter I’ve ever worked with, ” he said, adding, “and I’ve worked with hundreds of firefighters over my 22-year career.
“Firefighters and men like Brett don’t come along every day,” he said. “Brett is a father and a man of faith and integrity.”
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