Saturday, September 10, 2011


The moment Alex Sismour was struck by the minivan on Route 57 many people rushed to his side in an attempt to aid him in any possible way they could. As Police, Paramedics and Firefighters arrived on scene they found people helping Sismour by providing care, blankets and comfort.

A Police Officer who arrived on scene first began calling over the radio to have LifeCare step it up and to have a helicopter dispatched to Elyria Memorial Hospital immediately. The tone in the voice of the Officer said just how bad the scene was.

LifeCare Paramedics and Elyria Firefighters worked together and did everything they could to save the young man. They transported him to Elyria Memorial where a helicopter was waiting but the chopper would eventually leave the hospital without him. The tremendous efforts of Paramedics, Firefighters and the Emergency Room Staff all failed. The child was pronounced dead at the ER.

Many first responders, Paramedics, Fireman, Police and ER Staff, have children themselves. They will tell you that of all the calls they go on, these are the worst – the ones involving children. These are the ones that stay with you. The ones that can haunt you. But as true professionals they go onto the next call and somehow try to set this one aside for just a moment.

Tomorrow, September 11th, we will all remember the first responders who ran into the World Trade Center 10 years ago. While remembering them, never forget the men and women who go to work every day here in Lorain County to serve and protect you and your families.


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