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Squaw Valley firefighter-paramedic receives outstanding service award

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TAHOE CITY/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Travis Smith, a firefighter-paramedic with Squaw Valley Fire Department, has been awarded the Sierra-Sacramento Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency "Outstanding Service Award" for his role in several life-saving situations during the spring of 2013.

The commendation reads, in part: "In a period of just over a month he was on three calls that involved CPR: two where he was the primary provider and a third where he assisted a North Tahoe Fire District paramedic … two of the three patients are walking among us today. All three had a ROSC (return of spontaneous circulation) at some point during their incident."

"Travis would be the first person to say that every call is a team effort and that there are other people who deserve credit also," commented Squaw Valley Fire Chief Pete Bansen. "And he would be right. However, Travis was the common denominator in all three of these situations and he did a great job in all of them. It is very unusual to get good outcomes from situations in which someone needs CPR, but we are thrilled for these patients and their families and we're very proud of Travis — he has outstanding skills and he consistently does his very best for his patients."

Firefighter-paramedic Smith has worked for Squaw Valley Fire Department since 2003 and has been a paramedic since 2007. Travis and his wife Erin live in Truckee.

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