Three City of Arlington employees were recognized this month for their service and dedication to keeping the community safe.Earlier this month, 9-1-1 telecommunications operator Reagan Jordan received a Life Saving Award from the Arlington Fire Department and an Excellence Award from the Tarrant County 9-1-1 District. On June 14, Jordan answered a 9-1-1 call from an 8-year-old girl named Lauren, who said her brother was choking. Jordan remained calm and gave the girl instructions on how to administer the Heimlich Maneuver. Thanks to Jordan and Lauren’s teamwork, the obstruction was dislodged and the child was able to breathe normally.
Also, the Sons of the American Revolution honored Kevin Pittmon as Arlington Firefighter of the Year and Joel Lopez as Arlington EMS Serviceman of the Year.This is the first time these awards were presented by the Sons of the American Revolution Arlington Chapter. Organization leaders say they wanted recognize first responders for their unnoticed hard work in the community.“We hope to recognize heroes in the community annually,” said John David, president of the Arlington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. “We are doing our part as an organization to show the community examples of leaders in Arlington.”
Pittmon has earned the “Go-to Firefighter” nickname since joining the Arlington Fire Department in 2012. Over the years, Pittmon has built a reputation for being a “disciplined and professional individual with a distinct ability for the job,” according to his supervisors. Pittmon, a member of the Technical Rescue Team, works out of Station 8.
Lopez began working for the Arlington Fire Department in early 2004. According to his supervisors, Lopez has made outstanding contributions in the area of emergency medical services through his career and is described as “an advocate for citizens.”Lopez’s extensive background includes working with the department’s Community Paramedicine pilot program, serving as a member of the EMS Committee and serving as an instructor and mentor.Office of Communication interns Yazmine Jackson and Autumn Sanders contributed to this report.