James Smith was named Volunteer of the Month at the June 27th meeting of the Cypress Creek EMS Board of Directors. Board President Ruben Gonzales presented Smith with a plaque and an engraved RTIC tumbler.
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James Smith is a paramedic who has been a CCEMS Volunteer since 2009. Since then, he has donated 1,953 hour of his time.
Earlier this year, while off-duty his skills were called upon to help save a man who suffered a heart attack.
It was February 27th and James was participating in the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy when another participant, Ernie Reams, lost consciousness and collapsed due to cardiac arrest. The class instructor, Deputy Steve Squier, and Citizen’s Academy classmates eased REAMS to the floor. James Smith began chest compressions, while someone else grabbed an AED.
The first shock didn’t work, so MCSO volunteer chaplain, Jake Gonzalez, continued chest compressions while Smith retrieved his bag from his vehicles and established a good airway.
Smith used an airbag while Gonzalez and Squier took turns on chest compressions until Reams had a pulse. About that time, the Conroe Fire Department and the Montgomery County Hospital District EMS arrived and took it from there.
After recuperating, Reams was reunited with the folks who jumped in to save him as the Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Hospital District presented awards to Smith, Squier, and Gonzalez for their heroic efforts.
The award presentation was covered by the Conroe Courier and you can read that story here.
Smith owns a fencing company and volunteers to keep his hand in emergency medicine. He says he finds it rewarding to be that calm, reassuring voice for people that are having what may be their worst day ever.