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Courtland purchases automatic chest compression device


Courtland Fire and Rescue recently purchased this automatic chest compression device to help give CPR when patients are in cardiac arrest. Courtesy photo.

By Judy Reed

An automatic chest compression device that Courtland Fire and Rescue recently purchased is already doing the job they hoped it would do. 

“We used it on Sunday’s car accident and it returned a pulse with the help of Rockford Ambulance,” said Courtland firefighter Gabriel Skelonc. 

The department purchased the Defibtech with Lifeline ARM for $11,549, with the help of the Courtland Fire Ladies Auxiliary, Courtland Township board, and Courtland Township Fire Department.

Skelonc said that The Lifeline ARM is an automated, portable, battery-powered device that provides chest compressions on adult patients who have cardiac arrest, and is intended for use by qualified medical personnel certified to perform CPR. And when staff on call is limited, it’s a lifesaver for both patients and fire personnel.

“CPR becomes tiresome even after a couple minutes and the volume of staff needed can vary widely during the day to day calls. This device can take the place of up to 6 people doing compressions over 100 times a minute at 2 inches,” explained Skelonc.

He said that it could also be used in other townships where they are called in for mutual aid.

Other fire departments in the area that have a similar device include Algoma, Cedar Springs, Solon, and Kent City.

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Rockford man hurt in crash


A Rockford man is in critical condition after his sport utility vehicle hit a tree and caught fire Sunday.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they responded to a one-vehicle crash on 10 Mile Rd, just east of Olde Meadow Drive, in Courtland Township, on Sunday, March 11. The initial information came through that the vehicle was on fire and bystanders had removed the driver from the vehicle. The bystanders then started CPR until Courtland Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance arrived.

When Deputies arrived on scene they found a sport utility vehicle that struck a tree. Investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling east on 10 Mile Rd and left the roadway, struck a utility pole, a large tree, and then caught fire. 

The victim, identified as Nathan Lixey, 40, of Rockford, was transported by ambulance to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. The crash is still under investigation.

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Teen hurt in rollover crash


This Trailblazer (right) rolled after colliding with a pickup (left) Wednesday evening in Courtland Township. Post photo by J. Reed.

This Trailblazer (right) rolled after colliding with a pickup (left) Wednesday evening in Courtland Township. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Plainfield Township teen was sent to the hospital Wednesday evening with life-threatening injuries after a collision in Courtland Township.

The accident happened about 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, at 13 Mile and Myers Lake Roads.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Matthew Gorkowski, 17, of Sparta, was traveling westbound on 13 Mile Road and did not stop at the the stop sign at Myers Lake Road. His vehicle was struck on the passenger side by 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that was southbound on Myers Lake. The collision sent both vehicles off the road into the southwest corner of the intersection, with the Trailblazer rolling over.

Neither Gorkowski, nor the driver of the pickup truck, Andrew Rotunno, 18, of Cedar Springs, were injured. However, a 15-year-old female passenger in the Trailblazer suffered life-threatening injuries. She was transported by Rockford Ambulance to Spectrum Butterworth and then to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

Everyone involved was wearing seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Courtland Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

 

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Man killed in motorcycle crash


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A Courtland Township man died last Friday, June 19, when his motorcycle collided with an SUV in Courtland Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Taylor Miedema, 23, was traveling eastbound on 10 Mile Road on his 2007 Yamaha motorcycle just before 10 p.m., when he collided with a westbound 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe, being driven by Dawn Batchelder, 49, of Grand Rapids.

Miedema was pronounced dead at the scene.

Batchelder was not transported to the hospital.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, and the investigation is ongoing.

Courtland Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

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Medical cause suspected in M-57 crash into home


The driver who crashed into this home on 14 Mile Road Monday may have suffered a medical emergency. Photo courtesy of the Rockford Squire.

The driver who crashed into this home on 14 Mile Road Monday may have suffered a medical emergency. Photo courtesy of the Rockford Squire.

A resident in the home located on the southwest corner of Myers Lake Road and 14 Mile Road (M-57) heard two crashing sounds before a final one shook the house. She found that a Jeep Patriot had left the road, gone down and up a hilled area, taken out a road sign, and narrowly missed a large pear tree before striking her home, at 7156 14 Mile Road, just before 12:23 p.m. on Monday, October 20.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the driver may have suffered a medical emergency. They reported that a witness said that the driver, identified as Bruce Wayne Beck, 69, of Gowen, was slumped over the wheel as he entered the intersection, and never tapped his brakes or made any attempt to slow down before hitting the home.

First responders to the scene worked on the driver, the sole inhabitant of the vehicle, for nearly an hour before transporting him to a downtown Grand Rapids hospital with a life-threatening medical condition. After removing the driver from the vehicle, they performed chest compressions in attempts to stabilize him before transportation via Rockford Ambulance.

Responding to the scene was Courtland Fire and Rescue, the Kent County Sheriff Department and Rockford Ambulance.

The resident of the home said she didn’t immediately realize what had happened, but noted that there are numerous accidents at the intersection. No one in the home was injured.

 

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