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Cancer Treatment Assistance Presentation
Today it is our honor to present Pete Benzing with the results of the car wash last month. The car wash was a benefit to assist Firefighter Benzing with cancer treatment after denial of treatment benefits. We would like to thank the volunteers who came to help that day. Most importantly, we would like to thank the citizens who rallied behind a firefighter of their community.
The recent events surrounding Firefighters coming to their respective employers has caused a lot of news. Several Firefighters of different municipalities have been getting denied for cancer treatment claims that are now covered by a state bill passed in 2017. Here is a link to a story put out by KTAR today covering the recent events.
As most of you know, firefighter paramedic Pete Benzing lost his beloved wife Lisa to colon cancer. Pete himself was diagnosed with prostate cancer and has received surgery in an attempt to fight it. Pete is currently battling to have his cancer covered as an occupational injury. His fellow firefighters are raising funds to help Pete and his daughter Alex with medical and attorney fees. Please help our brother in his time of need. Thank you!
On March 7th the Professional Firefighters of Casa Grande, Casa Grande Fire Department, Southwest Ambulance Local I-60, Casa Grande Police Trust Fund, Cactus Middle School, Casa Grande Union High School and Three G's Flowers held a carwash fundraiser for the Welsey/Spade Family who suffered a tradgic loss in a motor vehicle collision in January. With the outstanding support of our community and partners in public safety, we were able to raise just over $2,100 to support their family. Thank you all so much for your help and support!
Danny Noland, a young man from the Casa Grande area, approached us seeking help in painting the "CG" on Casa Grande Mountain in his endeavors of becoming an Eagle Scout. Along with members of the Casa Grande Police Department and others from within the community, we were able to help Danny succeed in this outstanding project to bring a revitalized shine to the trademark letters that can be seen from all over the city. Thank you Danny for a job well done, and having us as a part of this great community event!
Firefighters from the Casa Grande Fire Department, Gila River Fire Department and Maricopa Fire Department responding to a structure fire on Casa Grandes south side. It took about 60 firefighters and approx four hours to bring the fire under control as it went to a defensive fire. Firefighters from Eloy Fire District and the Chandler Fire Department were covering other calls in the city while crews were on scene of the fire.
Zachary Branden had the opportunity to reunite with the first responding Fire and EMS crews who came to his assistance on a day that Zachary, his family, and Fire and EMS crews will not forget. It has now been nearly three months since Zachary Braden who is a 17 year old senior at Casa Grande Union High School had a life changing event.
On August 12, 2010 Zachary was at school practicing his trumpet, as he is a proud member of the schools marching band. Soon after his practice Zachary began feeling ill, so Zachary left school phoned his mother to inform her of the ill feelings that he was experiencing. While driving Zachary’s symptoms continue to worsen and eventually forced him to pull off the roadway and call 911. At approximately 2:00 pm crews were summoned to Zachary’s location, and within minutes the Casa Grande Fire Department and EMS crews from Southwest Ambulance arrived at his side. Aide was delivered to Zachary by Casa Grande Fire Department Engine Company 503 consisting of Captain Brian Flynn, Engineer Byron Mays, Firefighter/E.M.T. J.C. Holliday, and Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Booth, as well as Southwest Ambulance 505 consisting of paramedic Nate Oliver and EMT Ralph Vandercook.
Zachary presented with stroke like symptoms, which is extremely rare for someone of his age and physical fitness level. The crews on scene who were treating and evaluating Zachary knew for his best chance for survival he needed a specialized level of care, so he was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital Barrows unit in Phoenix, which specializes in neurological emergencies and is ranked as one of the top ten hospitals in the country, by U.S. News & World Reports.
Upon the many test and scans undergone it was determined that Zachary was suffering from an arteriouvenus malformation that had ruptured. Arteriovenous malformation or referred to in the medical field A.V.M., is an abnormal connection between veinsand arteries and is usually congenital. Bleeding from an AVM can be devastating, particularly in the brain. It can cause severe and often fatal strokes. Zachary underwent surgery and was in the hospital until September 9, 2010 with 11 of those days being in the ICU.
Since being released Zachary has now completed his season in the marching band playing the trumpet for Casa Grande Union High School. Zachary has been making a strong and rapid recovery. To date his only deficit is weakness in his left hand which he continues to work on at his occupational therapy visits, which he attends twice a week.
November 10, 2010 was an emotional event when Zachary and his family, who wanted to extend their gratitude to the crews, came to Casa Grande Fire Station 503 to meet with the crews who came to his aide. Zachary got to tour the fire
station, see the fire trucks and ambulance. Most important of all Zachary and all those involved got to meet on better circumstances. Together Zachary, his family and the crews ate dinner together and reminisced about the events of a day that Zachary and those responded will not soon forget.
The crews were extremely excited and emotions ran high to see the positive outcome of this young man. It’s not everyday that fire and EMS crews get to follow up with the patients they treat and with the high mortality rate of AVM, it was even more special for the crews to see Zachary. To have treated this young man and see the recovery from this significant and potential catastrophic injury was a great and rewarding experience for all those involved.
Emergency personnel tend to six victims of a rollover crash Wednesday afternoon on Florence Street at Third Avenue in Casa Grande. All six were ejected from a late-model pickup truck.
One was pronounced dead at the scene. Three of them were critically injured and were taken by helicopters. The two others, also critically injured, were taken by ambulance to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center. A witness said the pickup was driving north on Florence Street at a high rate of speed when it veered off the roadway onto a dirt lot. The vehicle then began to roll, ejecting passengers and crashing through a block fence at a residence on the corner.