Firefighter saves a child, gets an honor

IAN GILMOUR (second from right) was recognized by the West Sacramento City Council last month. With him above are Councilmen Chris Ledesma and Mark Johannessen, Fire Chief Al Terrell, and council members Bill Kristoff and Oscar Villegas (courtesy photo)


Ian Gilmour, a firefighter/emergency medical technician with the West Sacramento Fire Department, was chosen by the national Veterans of Foreign Wars organization as “firefighter of the year” for 2012.

Nominees were in the hundreds, reports Gary Reason, commander of Post 8762 in West Sacramento. They were graded partly on their reputation among their colleagues.

Gilmour is credited with saving the life of a child last year. Firefighters “arrived on the scene finding a lifeless child next to the swimming pool,” said the local fire department, and Gilmour took the youth to an ambulance.

 They administered CPR and got a pulse, with Gilmour continuing resuscitation efforts in the ambulance.

The child recovered — and eventually had a chance to visit Station 45 in Southhport and the crew that saved his life.

Gilmour received a $500 prize from the VFW as part of his award — which he donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation.

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