Rescue Report from St. John Rescue

Dr. Jon Ward and St. John Rescue’s Bob Malacarne teaching the class how to take blood pressures.

By Bob Malacarne, EMT, ASHI, NAEMT, NREMT

Greetings to all our friends, neighbors, and visitors on St. John.  Our tourist season is winding down. The roads and the stores should be a bit less crowded.

Members of St. John Rescue participated in a community event on Saturday, April 1.  This event focused on all the first responders who are dedicated to protecting and caring for the people of St. John. Lloyd Prince spent countless hours organizing this event.  This is the first time that all emergency services agencies have come together to be recognized by the public.

Representatives of the National Park Service, Police Department, Fire Department, VITEMA, and St. John Rescue were featured in this most special event.  The people of St. John are so very fortunate to have people such as Lloyd Prince in our midst.  Lloyd has done so much for our community including being an active responding member of St. John Rescue.

Thank you Lloyd Prince for all you do for the people of St. John.

I made a presentation to the faculty and staff of the Gifft Hill School on Wednesday April 19.  The school received two free AED’s from a generous St. Johnian.  During the presentation I demonstrated the proper use of an AED.  Hopefully, they will never need to use them.

St. John Rescue continues to offer CPR classes to anyone who would like to learn that lifesaving skill. Classes are held regularly on the second Saturday of each month.  The next scheduled class will be on May 6 starting at 8:30AM.  All our classes are held at Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center.

If you have a group that would like to take a CPR or First Aid class, please contact me.  We can schedule a day and time that suits your schedule.  Each class lasts from 3-4 hours and you will receive certification through ASHI (American Safety and Health Institute) which is recognized worldwide. Please email me at if you are interested in taking a class

Shamari Oliveri is a new member of St. John Rescue.  Shamari is a remarkable young lady.  She is a senior at Ivana Eudora Kean High School.  We will feature Shamari in our next report.

Last week rescue member Tyrone Hendricks was taken to a hospital in Miami, Florida.  After two surgeries Tyrone is slowly improving.  If you would like to send a card please send to:

Tyrone Hendricks
Kendall Regional Medical Center
11750 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33175

St. John Rescue is in need of two new CPR manikins.  Each manikin costs approximately $3,000.  If you can assist, please contact Bob.

During the month of April St. John Rescue responded to the following:

April 1 to Upper Carolina for a male who fell 20 feet from his roof.
April 3 to Lower Pastory for a DOA retrieval.
April 6 to North Shore Road for a motor vehicle crash with no injuries.
April 8 to Hart Bay for a reported snorkeler in distress.
April 8 to National Park Service dock for a DOA.
April 11 to Bethany for a motor vehicle crash with minor injuries.
April 13 for a car off the road near Upper Carolina no injuries.
April 18 Community CPR at MKS.

During the month of March St. John Rescue participated in the following events:

March 18 St. Patrick’s Day parade
March 26 Centennial Parade
April 1 First Responder Event
April 6 St. John School of the Arts concert

Health tip of the month:  Poisoning, whether accidental or intentional, can be fatal if not addressed in a timely manner.  If you suspect that someone has been poisoned please call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.  Have the following information handy: the chemical that was ingested, injected, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin, gender, age and weight of the person, amount of poison used, time of the poisoning, current condition of the patient.  If you are directed to go to the clinic take the container of poison with you.