MARION, Ind — If not for people like Captain Jordan Lamb, Fire Prevention Officer Chad Jenkins, Engineer Stephen Johnson II, and Firefighter Tharis Jones from Marion Fire Station Engine No. 6, then an 18-year-old boy’s life would have been lost.
On the night of Sept. 17, the men of Engine No. 6 arrived at the scene of a shooting at W. Colonial Dr. and S. Home Ave.
“A guy was in the street, and there were two or three puddles of blood. His pants were down around his ankles,” Captain Lamb said. “We asked where the gunshot wound was. The police said it was in his mid-section, but it was actually in his left groin. So we cut the boxers off and Chad put pressure on the wound, while Steven and I worked on the airway and making sure he had a pulse.”
The firefighters at Marion Fire Station No. 6 that were involved in the incident, have all worked the job for over ten years, and have each had plenty of experience in dangerous situations. Because of this experience, they were able to respond with alacrity and efficiency.
As a result of their actions, the firefighters at Marion Fire Station No. 6, have received The City of Marion Employee Spotlight for Marion. This award recognizes outstanding work from employees within the city of Marion. It also builds morale by providing a source of recognition for exemplary work and display of considerable character.
“We enjoy doing our job,” said Jenkins, “We come in here, and we don’t know what it’s going to be like day to day. But we know that this go-around we had two good saves. That’s the best part of the job, is when you actually get to go out there and make a difference. This incident was unique in that the assailant that shot the young man, was still at large.”
Even with this heightened danger, these men arrived at the scene and immediately attended to the victim without hesitation.
It is because of their sense of immediacy, this young man is alive today. Jenkins spoke on their involvement in saying, “It was a good team effort. I mean we all chipped in. That’s just what we do. When things go off, it doesn’t matter what’s going on here at the station, we get focused on what our run is and everybody does their part.”