The Sussex County Phoenix Club Awards Ceremony was held May 11 at the Ellendale Volunteer Fire Co. to recognize those who survived near-death cardiac events in 2018 and to honor the men and women who helped to save them.

The Sussex County Ambulance Association and Sussex County Emergency Medical Services honored 39 cardiac arrest survivors and 287 rescuers, including first responders, emergency operations specialists and civilians, who helped save lives in 2018. Recipients were each presented with Phoenix awards, symbolic of the mythological bird that is reborn. The ceremony recognized those who participated in what the American Heart Association calls the “Chain of Survival” for a victim of cardiac arrest. This includes early notification by 911 dispatchers with instructions on how to perform CPR, early CPR and early use of an automated external defibrillator, followed by early advanced care and transport to a cardiac care facility.

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