Columbus Fire Captain Paula Carter awarded First Friday Hero after saving a life

Columbus Fire Captain Paula Carter awarded First Friday Hero after saving a life

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - This month's First Friday Hero is Captain Paula Carter with Columbus Fire and EMS.

Carter was at a fast food restaurant in Uptown Columbus on her lunch break when she saw a female employee showing signs of a stroke.

Instead of waiting for a family member to pick up the employee and carry her to the hospital, Cpt. Carter decided to drive the woman to the Emergency Department at Piedmont Columbus Regional's Midtown Campus where she was treated for a stroke, potentially saving her life.

Carter said that this was something she had to react to quickly. A stroke is a timely situation. The patient also was the same age as Carter.

She was very grateful for the award and she was also greeted that day by her co-workers for doing such a great job.

Cpt. Carter says,"The whole thing is with this job is that the patient have a good outcome. We do want to make life better. We do want to help people as much as we can."

Piedmont Columbus Regional created the First Friday Hero program in early 2016, which is designed to recognize first responders on a monthly basis who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Their line of work is often a thankless job and we want to make the community aware of our local heroes and all they do to make the Chattahoochee Valley a better and safer place.

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