Family, 911 dispatcher honored in close call

A ceremony was held at the 911 Center in Concord on Nov. 14 to honor those who helped save the life of a Dublin man. The ceremony included everyone who was part of the effort to save Tom LaFortune, 74, of Dublin, including 911 dispatcher Dan Redin; LaFortune’s son and daughter, Denis and Laura, who called 911 and performed CPR; and several of the volunteer responders from Dublin Fire and Rescue Department.

After Tom LaFortune’s wife passed away six years ago, he has hosted a dinner for his children in his home every Tuesday night, according to a press release issue by the N.H. Bureau of Emergency Communications.

On Oct. 15, LaFortune was preparing the food, a chuck roast in the slow cooker. His son, Denis, had arrived but had forgotten something in his car. Denis went out to the driveway and when he returned, he found his father sitting at the table unresponsive. He tried to wake his father to no avail.

Immediately, he dialed 911. Dan Redin, 911 dispatcher, answered the call. “My dad is having trouble breathing,” he told Redin, who asked several Emergency Medical Dispatch questions and determined LaFortune was not breathing effectively. Redin, through the EMD protocol, instructed LaFortune’s son how to do CPR chest compressions. LaFortune’s daughter, Laura, assisted with counting the chest compressions.

Dublin Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and took over care. The crew used a defibrillator on LaFortune and immediately had a viable heart rhythm. Dublin rescuers transported LaFortune to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. In just about 10 days’ time, the Dublin man was recuperating at home. He is doing well and his prognosis is good.

When asked about his ordeal, LaFortune, a tax accountant, says he tires easily, but expects to be back in the swing by January.

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