Coral Springs Battalion Chief and Lieutenant Earn Awards from Fire Chiefs’ Association of Broward County

Battalion Chief Bator and Lieutenant O'Connell.

Battalion Chief Bator and Lieutenant O’Connell.

By Sharon Aron Baron

Two members of the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department have received awards from the 2020 Fire Chiefs’ Association of Broward County.

Chief Bator was selected for the Fire Chief Officer of the Year Award and Lieutenant Kevin O’Connell was awarded the Firefighter of the Year.

Chief Bator, 2020 Fire Chiefs’ Association of Broward County Fire Chief Officer of the Year

Nominated for his outstanding commitment to the city, Chief Bator took on the role as a city-wide safety officer with assistant safety officers for other departments in the city when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“Chief Bator’s unwavering commitment to the community is incredibly appreciated, and it is an honor to work side-by-side with such a dedicated public servant,” said Fire Chief Michael McNally. “On behalf of the entire Fire Department, we congratulate Chief Bator and extend our immense gratitude for all he does for our community.”

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Chief Bator has provided one-on-one care for members in the Fire Department and all city employees. An instrumental player in the initial development of our COVID-19 Prevention and Response plans, antibody testing every six weeks, PCR testing six days a week,

Chief Bator continues to assist other departments and city businesses with safety plans to protect them and our residents. Also, Chief Bator continues assisting our members diagnosed with cancer, mental health and wellness, and more.

Lieutenant O’Connell, 2020 Fire Chiefs’ Association of Broward County Firefighter of the Year

Recognized for his quick actions and commitment to the care of a pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle accident, Lieutenant O’Connell has been the recipient of numerous life-saving wards since the start of his career in 2012 with the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department.

Lieutenant O’Connell’s actions, while off-duty time, were instrumental in the overall recovery of the patient involved in the motor vehicle accident. He cared for and stabilized the patient by applying two tourniquets, followed by transferring care to the responding Palm Beach County Fire Rescue EMS Division and providing critical patient information to the EMS crews.

“We feel very fortunate to have members like Lieutenant O’Connell in our organization and in our community,” said EMS Division Chief Juan C. Cardona. “His actions in the care of the pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle accident were exemplary, and without his involvement, the outcomes may have been critically different. It is a privilege to call Lieutenant O’Connell one of our own in Coral Springs.”

As a member of the Dive Rescue Team, SWAT Team, Stop the Bleed Course Instructor, Recruit Class Instructor, Adjunct Instructor for Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety,

Lieutenant O’Connell has been instrumental in developing the new EMS protocols in Coral Springs and has achieved various accomplishments during his career earning him this award.

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