Rescuers receiving award

A-T FILE PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Collin Snyder (center) holds his son, Samuel, and is surrounded by Harry Miller (from left), a firefighter/EMT; his wife, Rachel; Capt. Jerry Goodman; and Kyle Blausey, a paramedic, at Fostoria Fire Division’s station in December.

Fostoria Fire Division, Fostoria Police Department and helicopter crew members are among those selected to receive a state EMS Star of Life award for their work treating a Fostoria man who was shot accidentally by an arrow while in his backyard last year.

Chief Brian Herbert of Fostoria Fire Division nominated the personnel for the award and received the email about the recognition Friday.

“That is a state award,” he said.

In October, Collin Snyder, his wife, Rachel, and their son, Samuel, who is about 9 months old, headed to the backyard of their Walnut Street home in Fostoria to play catch with their Labradoodle, Micah, and had been out there a couple minutes when a boy shot a broadhead arrow with a hunting tip toward a target.

The arrow ricocheted off a nail on a deck, traveled over a fence and into the yard where the family was playing, and lodged itself into both of Collin’s legs, nearly completely severing the femoral artery in his right leg and hitting a branch of the femoral artery in his left leg.

“It was pure accident. … We just feel like someone guided the arrow,” Rachel has said.

Capt. Jerry Goodman, Harry Miller, a firefighter/EMT, and Kyle Blausey, a paramedic, responded for Fostoria Fire Division, and Sgt. Kent Reinbolt and Officer Travis Ricker responded for Fostoria Police Department. They are to be honored with the award, along with helicopter personnel.

Blausey recalled running past Rachel, who was holding Samuel. He thought, “This guy can’t die today. … This can’t happen today.”

Collin eventually lost consciousness, and the crew performed CPR, successfully restoring his pulse, on the way to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. He was flown from Fostoria to ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

After the incident, Collin reflected on the fragility of life and said everyone has the same destiny: One can’t come out of life alive. But, he said, the things one does in life define the person.

“There’s hope beyond the grave. … There’s hope beyond death,” Rachel said.

The EMS Star of Life awards ceremony is set for May 22 at Ohio Department of Transportation Auditorium in Columbus, according to a release.

Also, Blausey is to receive an outstanding service award through Owens Community College in April. It is a general public service type of award, Herbert said.