Aetna Assists at “Fire Ops 101 Day”

HARTFORD- On April 10th, 2017 The Uniformed Professional Fire Firefighters Association of Connecticut hosted an event at Hartford FD’s Training Academy. “Fire Ops 101 Day” provides elected officials and other civilians the opportunity to experience the physical and mental challenges that first responders face on a daily basis.

Representative from Aetna Ambulance, several local fire departments, and other agencies acted as handlers walking representatives through real life scenarios.


Please note below Aetna Ambulance Field Supervisors Bob Mara and Matt Campbell assisting participants with the care of a simulated trauma patient.


Hartford Firefighters, Paramedics Save Choking 2-Year-Old

Aetna's responding Paramedic was Samuel Dybdahl

Aetna’s responding Paramedic was Samuel Dybdahl

From NBC Connecticut. Read the whole story here…

[continued…] The fire department posted a letter from Aetna Ambulance on its Facebook page, thanking responding firefighters for their quick thinking.

According to the letter, EMTs and firefighters were called to the city’s South End around noon Thursday. They found the toddler unresponsive with a “complete airway obstruction.” Firefighters performed chest compressions and the Heimlich maneuver.

Medical personnel worked with firefighters to remove the food from the child’s airway and give the toddler oxygen.

Aetna Ambulance director of operations Mark Hannegan said the emergency responders’ teamwork kept the child alive.

Hartford Fire Department - Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc.“There is no doubt that without quick, calm and professional actions by all on scene, the child would have died,” Hannegan said in a letter to the fire chief thanking the firefighters of Engine 10. “The attending physician called and said that prehospital care ‘legitimately saved this kid’s life.’ He said that the child is doing well.”

How to Send Love and Well Wishes to Jason Martinez, Hartford Fire Department

Jason MartinezMANCHESTER — On October 7, 2014 Manchester resident Jason Martinez, a firefighter with Hartford Fire Department was injured in the line of duty in a fire that took the life of fellow firefighter Kevin Bell.

Martinez has been recovering in the burn center at Bridgeport Hospital. You can send him your support, love and well wishes online by clicking here…

Thank You Letter Invokes Aetna Founder Jean Grady

Aetna Wallpaper 2Please forgive the lateness of this note, but understandably, I have been dealing with a lot on my plate. My sister passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly on January 31st. Luckily, I was with her and was able to call for an ambulance. Aetna Ambulance responded as well as the Hartford Fire Department. I can not praise your company enough. Everyone was so professional, yet caring. I was completely overwhelmed by the whole experience. They recognized this and acted accordingly.

I had a personal connection to the Jean Grady, the previous owner of Aetna, so everything came full circle. I was also born and raised in Hartford and was never prouder of my hometown on that day. My son-in-law just started his own ambulance company in South Carolina. When I recounted my experience, he was so proud to be a paramedic and company owner.

Thank you to all that you do and a special thanks to the men that responded to Franklin Avenue on that day.


Sister of Patient — #14-9217

Letter appears with permission.

Campbell and Mathiau 2Crew: Matthew Campbell and Kevin Mathiau (again)


Praise from Hartford Fire Department

Hartford Fire Department - Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc.Hartford Fire Department

Department of Fire Service, Engine 8

March XX, 2013

To: Edward Casares, Jr., Chief of Department

Occasionally an email is sent out by the Department asking if members performed exceptionally well at an incident. Today E-8 has such an event. So I would like to advise you of it as well as let you know that the medics themselves arrived to quarters to express their gratitude for our assistance.

The call was for an unresponsive patient. FireHouse documents the particular actions taken. But in essence: E-8 was first on scene, confirmed pulselessness and no respirations, full CPR w/ BVM begun, then assisted Aetna units as they started ALS care. Our collaborative efforts produced a heart rhythm and blood pressure, [Hospital] received the patient, and [he/she] is admitted.

I would like to express my gratitude to the members of Aetna Unit 226: Mike Glazier, EMT, and Sean Piscopiello, Paramedic. As well as the EMTs of the second Aetna unit: Terry Perry, EMT and Ryan Houser, EMT.

Respectfully submitted,

Engine 8, C Tour

Benefit for Aetna’s John Cafazzo and Family

Aetna's John Cafazzo
Aetna’s John Cafazzo

Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Polish National Home, 60 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT, 6:00 pm-close. 

Tickets are $25 and includes a buffet dinner, cash bar and raffle. 

John Cafazzo of Hartford Fire Department Ladder Company 3 and EMT Basic for Aetna Ambulance in Hartford was diagnosed with Continue reading