Bryan Fitzpatrick, district commander for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, shared this note about Acadian paramedic Tim Keirn.
Here’s what happened: On his way home from work Sunday, Tim, a dispatcher in the Austin Communications Center, saw a person on the shoulder of US 183. He stopped to help, immediately recognized that the person was in cardiac arrest and began to administer CPR. When Austin Fire Department first responders arrived, he continued to assist with patient care. The patient was placed on a cardiac monitor and rapidly defibrillated, resulting in a quick return of spontaneous circulation after only one shock. The patient was transported in critical, yet improving, condition.
“On behalf of myself and the Austin-Travis County EMS Department, I would like commend Paramedic Tim Keirn for his actions during the course of this call and his overall dedication to the profession of pre-hospital emergency medicine,” Bryan wrote. “His willingness to stop and care for this patient on his own time on the side of a very busy highway reflects the very best qualities that we as pre-hospital emergency responders strive for.”
Thank you so much for sharing this, Bryan. We appreciate the kind words about Tim, and we’re very proud of him and his quick actions.
Lt. Tim Keirn has been a member of CTFR for over a decade.
10B -- Post Register -- Thursday, June 2, 2016
On April 16, The Guadalupe Fire Fighter’s and
Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas GFFFMA) met
in La Grange, Texas for their 160th Semi Annual
Convention. The Guadalupe District is proud to announce that William “Hank” Alex, Sr., Assistant Fire Chief of Chisholm Trail Fire and Rescue was named 2016 Fire Fighter of the Year for the Guadalupe District. Also Timothy “Tim” Keirn from Chisholm Trail Fire and Rescue was named 2016 EMS Responder of the Year. This is the first time in history of the Guadalupe District that the Firefighter of the Year and the EMS Responder of the year were from the same department. These two men were selected out of 800 firefighters and EMS personnel throughout the District. The Guadalupe District consists of 22 counties and 112
Cities and Rural Fire Departments. The State Firefighter’s and Fire Marshals’ Association (SFFMA) is divided into 16 districts and each district will have a representative entered into the SFFMA contest in June and the winner will be announced in McAllen on June 26. Alex and Keirn are already one in sixteen finalist out of 22,199 firefighters and EMS Responders across the State of Texas.In order to meet the qualifications for the Firefighter of the Year award, one-half of the firefighter point system was the applicant must have shown acts of bravery, dedication to training, work knowledge, communication skills, innovation and attitude. They must have served on committees in their district or the State level and also must volunteer in their community and church. The other half of the point system will be the interview with three of their Peers who have won this award in the past years
Chief Alex has over 25 years in the Fire and EMS
Service. He believes in keeping up with the latest
and newest training techniques, methods and procedures. He also holds several certifications in the fire service. He is an instructor at several local fire training Academies and has won Firefighter and Officer of the Year from Chisholm Trail Fire & Rescue several times. He is very active in Caldwell County by helping with Dickens on the Square, Chisholm Trail Roundup, National Night Out, Brown Santa Program, Chisholm Trail Annual Fish Fry, Fire Prevention in the Schools, Coached Little League and was a Boy Scout Leader. He has been married to Cindy for 22 years and they have three sons, Shawn, Billy and Jacob; all five are graduates of Lockhart High School. He also has two grandchildren. Firefighting is a family tradition for the Alex crew.
Keirn has 10 years in the Fire and EMS Service.
He loves his job and his reward is being able to help other people to be able to continue to live their lives to the fullest. Tim holds several EMS and Fire certifications. He is very active in Caldwell County by helping with Dickens on the Square, Chisholm Trail Roundup, National Night Out, Brown Santa Program, The Easter Bunny Program, Shattered Dreams, and Chisholm Trail Annual Fish Fry, Fire Prevention in the Schools and is instrumental in helping create a BBQ Cook-off coming up in the future. He is a recent newlywed to his wife, Diana.
The Guadalupe District is proud to have Alex and
Keirn represent the District at the State level. They
are already winners and not only do they represent
the District, but their local departments as well as
Caldwell County. Keirn, Alex win Firefighter, First Responder of the Year awards
Published on Oct 27, 2015
Chisholm Trail Fire Rescue is an all-volunteer organization which covers over 120 square miles of Northern Caldwell County and a portion of Hay County. Chisholm Trail Fire Rescue was dispatched August 2, 2014, to a single vehicle rollover accident on SH-130. The vehicle involved was an SUV with 12 occupants – three were trapped, several and been ejected, and two were deceased. The scene involved over a dozen emergency vehicles and multiple air transport helicopters. Chisholm Trail Fire Rescue split up in teams and worked to provide scene safety, triage victims, extricate victims, assist EMS, and coordinate air transport.
On June 13, 2015, Chisholm Trail Fire Rescue took home top honors with the “Grand Prize” in the 43rd Annual Grand Parade for the Chisholm Trail Roundup. A grand job of representing the pride and dedication of our volunteers.