HATTERAS - In a ceremony at the Hatteras Ferry Terminal this month, ferry crew member Kerry Hooper was awarded the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Extra Mile Award for his quick action in saving the life of a fellow crew member last year.
On January 3, 2013, Ferry Oiler Frank Folb Jr. was walking back from one of the vessels at Hatteras when he collapsed and stopped breathing. Fellow employees immediately called 911 and sent for Crewmember Kerry Hooper, who is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Hooper arrived to find his coworker with no pulse and began administering CPR. Hooper then also called for an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and a pocket mask for oxygen, using both while CPR continued.
Once Dare County EMS arrived, Folb was connected to the AED monitor and stabilized under Hooper's direction. Folb was then transported by ambulance to Avon Medical Center where he was taken by helicopter to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Folb has since recovered and returned to work.
In presenting the award to Hooper, Ferry Division Deputy Director Jed Dixon praised all of the ferry employees involved in saving Folb's life and specifically recognized Hooper's leadership when seconds counted. "We are extremely fortunate to have a highly trained EMT like Kerry Hooper on our staff," said Dixon.
All North Carolina Ferry System crew members are annually trained to perform rescue techniques based on American Red Cross guidelines.
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[Pictured (L-R) Ferry Divsion Deputy Director Jed Dixon, Ferry Oiler Frank Folb Jr, Ferry Crewmember Kerry Hooper, Hatteras Port Captain Walter Goodwin]