LAGRANGE – The LaGrange professional firefighters activated their Rescue Task Force (RTF) during the brawl at Arlington High School that claimed the life of a 16-year-old student on September 17. When first dispatched, the LaGrange fire department responded in minutes with one lieutenant, three staffed Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances and a rescue truck for reports of a large fight.
Within two minutes of notification, the firefighter-paramedics initiated medical care to a critically injured victim, now identified as Quraan Smith, age 16. Smith was rapidly transported to Mid Hudson Regional Hospital’s trauma center. During transport, in an attempt to stabilize Smith, aggressive advanced life support measures were performed. The firefighter-paramedics were able to triage the patient and get him to the hospital within approximately 20 minutes.