Two EMS instructors honored for their ‘Great Save’

MCC EMS instructors Kevin Corr (left) and Chad Wright (right) with Donnie Barber
MCC EMS instructors Kevin Corr (left) and Chad Wright (right) with Donnie Barber, who one day last December began having stroke symptoms

It’s called a “Great Save.” And while they’d tell you it’s all in a day’s work, two Metropolitan Community College employees were honored to take part in a reunion with a man whose life they may have saved.

Chad Wright, EMS education program coordinator, and Kevin Corr, part-time EMS instructor, were among a group of first responders recognized March 30 by Belton Regional Medical Center. The hospital’s annual “Great Save” event honors EMS heroes for their contributions to the care of patients and reunites them for the purpose of extending a collective community thank-you.

Wright and Corr, on duty as firefighter-paramedics for Central Cass County Fire Protection District, received the call last Dec. 29 when Donnie Barber, a 48-year-old Freeman, Mo., man, reported he was having stroke symptoms.

As the first responders, Wright and Corr stabilized Barber and transported him to the hospital, where a clot-busting drug was administered. The crew’s timely assistance helped make a difference.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for Kevin and I to visit with Mr. Barber,” says Wright of the Great Save event.

He added, “For an EMS provider, it is very special when we get to meet a patient later and shake hands.”

Barber is going through outpatient therapy and doing well, and although he still has some side effects from the stroke, they are decreasing.

“We have the privilege of working every day with Kansas City’s first responders, who represent some of the most skilled professionals and most compassionate hearts in health care,” says Belton Regional Medical Center CEO Todd Krass. “Their work in helping patients is nothing short of heroic.”

The Central Cass County Fire Protection District, headquartered in Harrisonville, covers about 250 square miles of rural Cass County.

Links to Facebook posts on the Great Save event from HCA and Belton Regional Medical Center: