“There was life. The heart was trying as hard as it could, and we couldn’t give up.”

Paramedic Jeff Milsten
Bainbridge Island Fire Department

I proudly serve as a Board member of the Medic One Foundation—encouraging people to support our region’s world class paramedics. Because, when you least expect it, you can suddenly find yourself dealing with a life-or-death medical emergency. Minor chest pains that quickly turn into a full cardiac arrest. A near drowning. A serious accident. Thanks to you and your generous support, Medic One—our region’s team of highly trained, world-class paramedics—is standing by to respond to your call for help.

Last year, Tim, a resident of Bainbridge Island, made the call to 911 after he began experiencing severe chest pain. Jeff Milsten, a Bainbridge Island Fire Department paramedic and his crew were first on scene. Jeff made a quick diagnosis, alerted Airlift NW, and began the drive to rendezvous with the helicopter—but Tim’s heart stopped beating right before they arrived at the fire station. After 45 minutes of CPR and 10 shocks with the defibrillator, they were able to get a pulse back and Tim was flown to the hospital in Seattle where he underwent surgery for a blocked artery.

This is just one of many stories about lives saved thanks to our region’s first responders and the incredible training and education that they receive. Please join me in supporting this year’s Medic One Paramedic Training class so that they are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to save lives.

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Your gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $15,000, through the generosity of the Hamer Family, given in memory of Dale C. Hamer. 



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