Firefighter award

Murfreesboro Advanced EMT Matt Roeger helped to save a neighbor who had undergone cardiac arrest. SUBMITTED

Matt Roeger a driver/engineer and Advanced EMT who is assigned to Ladder 11 C-Shift, was selected as City of Murfreesboro Fire/Rescue Employee of the Year by The Exchange Club of Murfreesboro last Wednesday.

Roeger has been employed with Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department for over eight years. His nickname is “Rescue Roeger” (pronounced Rager).

In early October while off duty, Roeger, was notified by a friend that EMS was on their way to assist his next-door neighbor. The patient was sitting outside of his home and said that he had been mowing the lawn when he started experiencing chest pains. He then went into cardiac arrest.

Roeger quickly began chest compressions before EMS arrived. EMS used a defibrillator to secure a pulse. Roeger played a key role in the patient's survival.”

Program Chair Gayle Passovoy said “Fire Prevention/Rescue has been a major avenue of Exchange Club service since the 1940s. Since its inception, National Exchange Club’s Fire Prevention Program has been endorsed by nearly every U.S. president, and many of the nation’s leading Fire/Rescue Department Officials.”

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