A Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy is being honored tomorrow evening for her quick actions in saving the life of a heart attack victim.
Kristy Botsford is receiving the Heartsaver Hero Award from the American Heart Association for using CPR and an AED to revive an older man undergoing cardiac arrest early last year.
Botsford says she was the closest responder to the man’s Choconut Center home and began treating him before the ambulance arrived.
She joined the Broome County Sheriff’s Office in March 2016, but had already been an EMT for 14 years, 10 of them as a paramedic.
Botsford says her years of training are key. “If you’re not comfortable in your training, you’re not going to be comfortable in that situation and knowing what you have to do. Because if you don’t act, or you delay, then that hurts that person’s chances of having a full recovery.”
Botsford herself was the victim of a head-on crash back in February while responding to a wrong-way driver who was fleeing police on Route 17 in Vestal.
Her leg was broken in multiple places and she had to be cut out of her patrol vehicle.
Botsford says she’s received well wishes from law enforcement officers from across the nation.
She says local first responders have been going out of their way to care for her and her family. “To say that emergency services is a family outside of your normal family, is an understatement. Every department, every agency has reached out.”
Botsford says she still waiting for her ankle, knee and hand injuries to fully heal before she can return to duty.
The Heart Association will honor her and some volunteers during its Heroes of Heart celebration Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7 at Traditions at the Glen.
Meanwhile, Botsford is receiving another recognition this evening in Albany as State Senator Fred Akshar names her his 2019 Woman of Distinction.