Fire Captain leaves behind a lifesaving legacy
MEMORIAL SERVICE INFORMATION
Date: April 7, 2017
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Covington Cellars
18580 142nd Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
Plan to arrive early and carpool because there is limited parking in this commercial area.
Attire: Per Craig’s request, please wear informal or casual attire. No uniforms. Badge shrouds are authorized until the conclusion of the memorial service.
EUGENE, Ore. – Lane County firefighters are mourning the loss of one man who had a big impact on their lifesaving techniques.
Fire Captain Craig Aman from Seattle Firefighters Local 27 passed away last week. Captain Aman was also a Eugene resident who commuted to Seattle. He worked closely with Eugene-Springfield Fire. His legacy lives on here in Lane County.
Beginning in 2013, Captain Aman volunteered his time to train local firefighters on new cardiac arrest management. The modern technique is referred to as a pit-crew concept, meaning it’s consistent and fast paced. Captain Aman died in the line of duty from kidney cancer, which is among the long list of cancers which firefighters are in risk of getting.
“Fire departments across the country are starting to face the reality, with new technology, with a lot of plastics in the homes of the fires that we’re working in and the gear that’s meant to keep us safe, has actually been poisoning us for years,” said Mike Caven, President of the Lane Professional Firefighters Association.
Thanks to Captain Aman’s training, the Eugene-Springfield area has one of the best cardiac arrest resuscitation rates in the country. Before his training, the local rate was 12 percent. The numbers for 2016 were recently revealed, showing our current rate is 50 percent. The best rate in the country is 51 percent. Lane County is well over the national average which still remains in the low teens, to ten-percent.
Captain Amanʼs passion for helping others is something his wife says he was known for. “Craig was an amazing husband, father and man in general. Our four children and I are proud of him and all the work he has done. As hard as it was having him commute from Eugene to Seattle, his passion for his work with Seattle fire, MDSI and the resuscitation academy were a very important part of who he was. Craig was born to save lives,” said Captain Amanʼs wife Melissa Aman. “He wanted to be a firefighter and paramedic for as long as anyone can remember; it’s all he wanted to do. he got into the defibrillator and CPR world early, 20 years ago, because he saw the potential for the good they could do,” she said.
“My hope is to make sure his passions for teaching and improving survival from sudden cardiac arrest continue on. Craig was involved with many organizations working in public access defibrillation and we are planning on gathering together to work on a plan to honor Craigʼs contributions and legacy. We invite anyone who is interested in participating in developing this legacy program to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org,” said Melissa.
A Special Note from Dr. Ray Jarris, friend and Business Partner
It is with our deepest sorrow that we share the sad news of the passing of our longtime colleague and friend, Craig Aman. Craig has been a leader at MDSI since its inception and was a nationally recognized expert in Public Access Defibrillation programs. As some of you may know, Craig was recently diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that spread rapidly. Craig passed peacefully at home on March 14th surrounded by his loving family.
Craig and I first met at the patient’s bedside in the Swedish/Ballard Emergency Department over 20 years ago. An energetic and exuberant paramedic and firefighter, he was always looking for ways to improve pre-hospital care. Craig was an early believer in Public Access Defibrillation programs that led to his multi-decade career envisioning and designing programs and training to increase the odds of survival after Sudden Cardiac Arrest. A recognition of the power of this revolutionary technology, and a shared passion for pre-hospital care, became the foundation of our long-term business relationship and personal friendship through the years.
We are working with Craig’s beloved wife, Melissa, and our business associates to determine an appropriate means by which to honor Craig’s legacy. He will always be recognized as an integral part of the history of the success of Public Access Defibrillation programs. We intend to recognize this vision and commitment and continue building on his important contributions. We will share more information as this concept develops and welcome your participation.
Please be assured that MDSI will continue to deliver on our promise of professional, personalized, and high quality service. With our outstanding and highly experienced staff including Sally Wooten, R.N., CCRN, Patty Botkin, Sherri Lohmeyer, and our team of medical directors, we remain committed to our clients, their employees, and the public whom we serve.
Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. A memorial celebration is being planned and will be announced at the appropriate time. He will be greatly missed by all.
Raymond F. Jarris, Jr. MD
President, MD Solutions International