State Representative Shawn Dooley Honors Norfolk Resident With Unsung Heroine Award

BOSTON— After nominating her for the honor, State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) presented Jennifer DeLuca, a Norfolk resident and the executive director of the Fisher House Boston, with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s (MCSW) 2018 Unsung Heroine Award at a ceremony at the State House on Wednesday. This prestigious honor celebrates women in Massachusetts who are tireless advocates for improvement in their respective communities and use their time, talent, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others. As the MCSW puts it, “The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference.”

Unsung HeroineThe Fisher House Boston is a rehabiliatation center and place of respite for military families when veteran or active military loved ones are receiving medical treatment in their affliated centers, particularly the VA. With the goal of “serving those that have served,”  the organization is deeply committed to alleviating the emotional and financial stresses that past and present military service members and their families experience while undergoing medical treatment in Boston.

As the Executive Director of the Fisher House Boston, DeLuca embodies the spirit of this institution. From raising awareness; fundraising; running day-to-day operations; and creating the one-of-a-kind Hotel Program for visiting families, DeLuca’s efforts at the Fisher House are a true inspiration. DeLuca understands that the sacrifices made by our veterans are constant and around the clock; and as such she makes herself available around the clock to help ease the burden and stress accompanying illness and injury. DeLuca’s tireless commitment to each military family and their loved ones is a lesson in selflessness and compassion.

After the ceremony, Representative Dooley remarked, “I am extremely proud and beyond honored to present this award to my constituent and dear friend, Jennifer DeLuca. Her unfettered devotion and dedication to the Fisher House and America’s heroes is the true embodiment of the American spirit. I have no doubt about the massive amount of veterans and families that she has helped because I have seen it with my own eyes. She is an inspiration to all of us, and as the father of two daughters, she is a true role model for future generations of women and girls in the Commonwealth.”

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Rep. Shawn Dooley holds state house Stop The Bleed training course

June 11, 2018; Wicked Local Norfolk

Following the filing of his bill HD.4327, The Massachusetts Trauma Response Preparedness Act, state Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, hosted doctors and nurses from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at the State House to train state legislators, legislative staff, and interns on the basics of bleeding control.

Through a mixture of lecture-style and hands-on activities, the American College of Surgeons’ nationally recognized, revolutionary, and life-saving course focuses on teaching bystanders how to identify serious hemorrhaging, stem it, and manage a potentially life-threatening situation until the arrival of first responders. The event was hosted to raise awareness for the simplicity and effectiveness of basic bleeding control kits in saving lives in hopes to pass Dooley’s bill, which would require every public building in Massachusetts — including public and private schools, libraries, transportation facilities, recreational facilities, entertainment and sporting venues, and buildings of government — to house one of these kits and a person trained to use it.

At the event Dooley expressed a national need for basic bleeding control kits not only as a result of the massive increase in Mass Casualty Incidents (MCIs) among civilians, such as the Sandy Hook shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing, but also for their utility in saving lives in even more common incidents such as car accidents and workplace injuries. In this regard the Stop the Bleeding Coalition (SBC), a national grassroots coalition of medical professionals, law enforcement officers, former military personnel, first responders, educators, and concerned citizens, estimates that each year more than 1,000 savable lives are lost due to inefficiencies in our emergency response systems and 80 percent of all civilian trauma fatalies are in fact due to hemmorhage from an extremity.

Dooley, along with the American College of American Surgeons, the Stop the Bleeding Coalition, and a group of bipartisan co-sponsors in the Massachusetts House and Senate are intent on addressing these issues and saving more lives by allowing bystanders to play the role of immediate first responders. As participants saw, a bleeding control kit contains easy-to-use tools such as a tourniquet, gauze, and gloves that would allow the average bystander to step in and act in an emergency. Participants practiced such a situation in a simulation, using a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and gauze to pack the wound.

The main provisions to Dooley’s bill speak to this simple idea. A firefighter and EMT himself in Plainville, Dooley frequently communicated his own experiences with trauma and the usefulness of tourniquets in discussion to the group present. “While they may seem to be flimsy, these little tourniquets literally are capable of savings thousands of lives per year. I know because I’ve witnessed it. In fact, it’s the reason so many people survived the marathon bombings a few years ago,” said Dooley.

This fact was confirmed by all the doctors and nurses present, many of whom were on duty that day.

In his concluding remarks, Dooley said, “I’m very grateful to the doctors and nurses from Beth Israel for coming to the State House to certify my colleagues and their staff on trauma response and bleeding control. This is vital training that will not only save lives but will also ensure that everyone is duly prepared to address such injuries. It is my sincere hope that the importance of my initiative is seen, and I hope you will join me in making Massachusetts the first in the nation to make this a reality.”

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State Representative Shawn Dooley Holds State House Stop The Bleed Training Course

BOSTON— Following the filing of his bill HD.4327, The Massachusetts Trauma Response Preparedness Act, State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) hosted doctors and nurses from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at the State House on Monday to train state legislators, legislative staff, and interns on the basics of bleeding control. Through a mixture of lecture-style and hands-on activities, the American College of Surgeons’ nationally recognized, revolutionary, and life-saving course focuses on teaching bystanders how to identify serious hemorrhaging, stem it, and manage a potentially life-threatening situation until the arrival of first responders. The event was hosted to raise awareness for the simplicity and effectiveness of basic bleeding control kits in saving lives in hopes to pass Dooley’s bill, which would require every public building in Massachusetts, including public and private schools; libraries; transportation facilities; recreational facilities; entertainment and sporting venues; and buildings of government, to house one of these kits and a person trained to use it.

Photo Credits: Danielle Duffey, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Photo Credits: Danielle Duffey, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

At the event Representative Dooley expressed a national need for basic bleeding control kits not only as a result of the massive increase in Mass Casualty Incidents (MCIs) amongst civilians, such as the Sandy Hook shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing, but also for their utility in saving lives in even more common incidents such as car accidents and workplace injuries. In this regard the Stop the Bleeding Coalition (SBC), a national grassroots coalition of medical professionals; law enforcement officers; former military personnel; first responders; educators; and concerned citizens, estimates that each year over 1,000 savable lives are lost due to inefficiencies in our emergency response systems and 80% of all civilian trauma fatalies are in fact due to hemmorhage from an extremity.

Dooley along with the American College of American Surgeons, the Stop the Bleeding Coalition, and a group of bipartisan co-sponsors in the Massachusetts House and Senate are intent on addressing these issues and saving more lives by allowing bystanders to play the role of immediate first responders. As participants saw, a bleeding control kit contains easy-to-use tools such as a tourniquet, gauze, and gloves that would allow the average bystander to step in and act in an emergency. Participants practiced such a situation in a simulation, using a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and gauze to pack the wound.

The main provisions to Dooley’s bill speak to this simple idea. A firefighter and EMT himself in the Town of Plainville, Dooley frequently communicated his own experiences with trauma and the usefulness of tourniquets in discussion to the group present. “While they may seem to be flimsy, these little tourniquets literally are capable of savings thousands of lives per year. I know because I’ve witnessed it. In fact, it’s the reason so many people survived the marathon bombings a few years ago” said Dooley. This fact was confirmed by all the doctors and nurses present—many of whom were on duty that fateful day.

Photo Credits: Danielle Duffey, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Photo Credits: Danielle Duffey, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

In his concluding remarks, Dooley said “I’m very grateful to the doctors and nurses from Beth Israel for coming to the State House to certify my colleagues and their staff on trauma response and bleeding control. This is vital training that will not only save lives but will also ensure that everyone is duly prepared to address such injuries. It is my sincere hope that the importance of my initiative is seen, and I hope you will join me in making Massachusetts the first in the nation to make this a reality.”Dooley Trauma Control 3

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Paying homage to veterans

By Mike Gleason; May 28, 2018; Wicked Local Walpole

Local residents gathered around the town common Monday (May 28) to pay homage to those killed in battle.
The town’s Memorial Day observances took place at noon – with speeches, music and ceremonies meant to honor the sacrifices made by those in the armed services.
Walpole Veterans Agent Jon Cogan said the flag at the center of town was held at half staff throughout the morning as a way to remember those sacrifices. The flag is raised at noon, he said, to show the country’s resolve in ensuring those actions were not made in vain.
State Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, said it was a special thing that men and women knowingly volunteer to protect their country.
“We owe them a huge debt – not just today, but every day,” he said. “They gave their lives so we could be here.”
Dooley said it was the country’s obligation to honor that sacrifice by remembering those who gave it. He told the story of a Marine – killed at Guadalcanal in World War II – whose remains were recently identified and returned to the United States as a way of illustrating how the country works to fulfill that obligation.
John Power, a Walpole resident and veteran, was the featured speaker. He said, while there are several definitions of “veteran,” his was rather simple: a veteran was anyone who had, at some point, written a blank check to the country – for an amount up to and including their own life.
“We’re here today to honor those who have had their check cashed,” he said.
Power spoke of the history of the holiday, noting it has risen from a grassroots effort to honor those who died in the Civil War. It had evolved from that original purpose – and its original name, Decoration Day – to a federally recognized holiday celebrating all American soldiers who had perished in service to their country.
The town common, said Power, was an appropriate place to hold the ceremony, as it encompassed the breadth of the town’s history. In it, he said, were monuments commemorating soldiers from the first Colonial companies of the French and Indian War all the way up to the War on Terror.
Power asked that those present keep the true meaning of the holiday alive and remember and honor the sacrifices made to keep the nation free.

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