West Palm Beach Fire Department
West Palm Beach, FL
Firefighter and Paramedic Rodney Luscar has helped save many people's lives on the job, but he never expected that one day he would be faced with rescuing his own mother.
On November 3, 2010, Rodney was visiting his mother in the hospital when she suddenly collapsed from cardiac arrest; he instantly rushed to her aid and performed CPR over and over again for four minutes.
Thanks to his actions, his mother's heart started again. He left work and stayed at his mother's bedside for three month until she
made a full recovery.
West Palm Beach Fire Department Lieutenant says not only did Rodney save his mother's life by immediately performing CPR, he also prevented her from suffering major brain damage that would have resulted from a lack of oxygen in the blood.
The Lieutenant is also incredibly impressed by Rodney's calm, focused actions when confronted with the ordeal of his mother's life being on the line.
Rodney says knew he wanted to be a firefighter since high school, when he was rescued from a car accident by a paramedic/firefighter who turned out to be an old friend of his.
Rodney decided that becoming a first-responder was his way to give back for being saved himself.
In 2005, he started working with the American Medical Response as an ambulance driver, and he soon took classes to become EMT-certified.
Rodney strives to do as much as he can to help others, and in that spirit he continued his education and began working as a paramedic in 2008.
That same year, he joined the West Palm Beach Fire Department as a dual firefighter/paramedic.
The team responds to both fires and medical emergencies, and last year Rodney helped carry a disabled man out of his burning house to safety.
For Rodney, being able to make a bad situation better is what drives him every day, and he is currently taking classes to become a Fire Lieutenant in the near future.