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Goodyear firefighter/paramedics recognized by Marshalls for saving life of store manager

Company officials award plaques for appreciation

Post Date:07/15/2014 3:57 PM


July 15, 2014     


Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer           

Office:  623-882-7053;


Goodyear Firefighters Recognized by Retailer for Saving Life of Manager

Marshalls/TJX Companies Award Plaques during Employee Meeting


Day in and day out, firefighters who also serve as paramedics are quick to spring into action in times of emergency, working diligently to save the lives of others.

But they don’t often get to see the results of their efforts.

During a regional meeting in Phoenix on July 15, four Goodyear first responders – Fire Captain/Paramedic Craig Artrip, Engineer Dean Hovland, Firefighter/Paramedics Liam Tierney and Colin McGrath – and intern Dixie Williford were recognized by officials of Marshalls/TJX Companies Inc. for their quick actions of providing critical care and saving the life of a Marshalls store manager.

The store manager, who was in Goodyear on special assignment from Tulsa, Okla., was out to dinner with his colleagues on June 9 when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Goodyear fire personnel were able to revive and transport him to West Valley Hospital where he underwent successful quadruple bypass surgery.

Marshalls/TJX Companies Inc. Regional Vice President Cindy England, who presented the Goodyear firefighters with plaques, got emotional prior to recognizing the first responders during the recognition event.

“Our company has a unique culture based on a belief that the genuine care we provide our associates on a daily basis is fundamental to how and why we conduct business,” England wrote in a letter of appreciation to Goodyear Fire Chief Paul Luizzi. “The events of that day saddened us and left us feeling helpless and vulnerable. At that life changing moment, we were unable to care for one of our own. It was because of your life-saving efforts that you brought back one of our family members.”

Artrip, Hovland, Tierney and McGrath later visited the store manager in the hospital.

“It meant a lot to us, because that’s not always the result,” Firefighter/Paramedic Colin McGrath said of getting to see the store manager. “His mom gives award-winning hugs. We were glad we got to see him because we don’t often get to see the results of what we do.”

Goodyear Fire Chief Paul Luizzi, who was present at the recognition event, said, “If this would’ve happened 20 years ago, the outcome might’ve been different. But because of technology and the skill level and expertise of our emergency crews, we’re able to help play a role in providing a better outcome.”

                England also said in the letter, “Your professionalism, expertise, and heroic actions that day have since allowed us the opportunity to support him and his family during his recovery period and beyond. We are sincerely grateful for your urgent care to not only our store manager, but to those in our community for which you serve every day.”        

                                                           – GOODYEARAZ.GOV –