Hilliard Northwest News

Norwich Township honors pair's life-saving efforts


Norwich Township Fire Chief Bob Kaufman on Nov. 6 recognized the life-saving efforts of two employees at a Hilliard business.

Kaufman presented the Citizen's Distinguished Service Award to Brent Purdom and Karen Cochran at the Norwich Township trustees' meeting.

On Aug. 2, Purdom and Cochran administered CPR to a co-worker who had a cardiac episode at BMW Financial Services, on Britton Parkway in Hilliard.

Cochran and Purdom are members of a team of BMW Financial Services employees who are certified in basic life-support skills, including the use of automatic external defibrillators and CPR. They used both to help save the life of a man in his mid-50s.

"We were the only two (on the response team) who were at work that morning at the time," Purdom said.

Cochran said while it was a tense few moments, they used the skills they learned while Norwich Township medics were en route.

"Their efforts helped save his life," Kaufman said.

Also at the Nov. 6 meeting, trustees amended appropriations for the current year, increasing the amount to $15,399,340. The measure transferred revenue from EMS billing, collected at a rate higher than anticipated, to offset a deficit in the township's fire fund.

At the conclusion of the 15-minute business meeting, trustees adjourned into an executive session to negotiate with the International Association of Fire Fighters concerning a new contract for Norwich Township firefighters.

The current three-year contract expires Dec. 31.