West Jordan Fire Station 53 Accepts ‘Amazing Save Award’

(WEST JORDAN, UT) – West Jordan Fire Station 53 (A-Platoon) received the Amazing Save Award for their life-saving efforts after 70-year-old John Atkin experienced a cardiac arrest event in May.

Firefighters responded to his home, got his pulse back, and brought him to the hospital where he recovered. Being a former firefighter himself, Atkin knows just how dangerous a cardiac arrest event can be and credits the 911 dispatcher, West Jordan firefighters, and doctors for ultimately saving his life.

“Events like these strengthen my confidence and the heart of West Jordan City,” said Nathaneal Budge, Steward health care administrator. “I think I speak for all of us when I say that each of you makes me proud to call West Jordan my home.”

Atkin served as a firefighter for decades, where he was partnered with Clint Peterson. Peterson served as the Interim Fire Chief in West Jordan from 2018 to 2019. Atkin also worked alongside the father of West Jordan’s current fire chief, Derek Maxfield.

Atkin presented the award to the department and dispatcher at Jordan Valley Medical Center in front of his friends and family on Thursday, July 14th.

aerial view of West Jordan neighborhood