Update, Feb. 13: The Hall County firefighter who suffered a medical emergency Tuesday, Feb. 11, during some physical training was able to breathe some on his own and has the possibility of a full recovery, according to an update from Hall County Fire Services.
“They are reporting that Jonathan has the possibility of a full cardiac recovery with no left ventricle damage,” according to the Fire Services’ update Thursday.
Update, Feb. 12: The firefighter who suffered a medical emergency on Tuesday, Feb. 11, was Sgt. Jonathan Barton, Hall County Fire Services announced Wednesday morning.
“Overnight, Jonathan was responsive to his wife, attempting to speak around his endotracheal tube,” the release from Fire Services said. “He experienced several episodes of ventricular tachycardia that were managed by hospital staff.”
Barton was attended to at the training center until a medical unit was able to transport him to the hospital. A heart catheterization was performed and a stent was placed along with an Impella pump to assist with heart function.
As of Thursday afternoon, Barton was in stable condition.
He was participating in training with a recruit class at the Hall County Fire Services Training Center off Allen Creek Road.
Friends have put together a Gofundme, which as of Wednesday night had raised almost $8,500 for medical and other expenses.
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The Hall County Fire Services firefighter was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, after experiencing a “medical emergency,” according to authorities.
Fire Services spokesman Zach Brackett said the firefighter was participating in some physical training along with the recruit class at the Hall County Fire Services Training Center off Allen Creek Road.
The firefighter is in stable condition, Brackett said.
No further details were released.