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Alcohol Agent Receives Cumberland Cares Award

Aug 24, 2018

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners presented Alcoholic Beverage Control Agent Doug Austin with the Cumberland Cares Recognition Award at their Aug. 20 meeting. Austin was recognized for his actions in assisting an EMS crew in saving a child.


On Dec. 19, 2017, Austin saw an ambulance that was on an emergency run suddenly stop in the middle of the road. He went to the ambulance to check on the safety of the crew.


According to Tom Price, a paramedic with Cumberland County EMS, Austin recognized that the rescue crew was working the sudden cardiac arrest of a pediatric patient. Austin immediately offered aid and assumed airway management. He correctly ventilated the patient in accordance with Basic Life Support protocols, which allowed both medics to accomplish other critical tasks.


Even after additional help arrived, Austin continued support, offering to ride with EMS to Cape Fear Valley Hospital and he remained with the crew through the transfer of care to the Emergency Department.


In the words of Paramedic Price, “Agent Doug Austin’s actions were above and beyond the call of duty and exemplify the highest standards of public service. His demeanor on the scene was impeccable, calm and professional, which unquestionably led to superior care for the patient. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of Law Enforcement and Public Service and greatly reflect on the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency.”


The Cumberland Cares award recognizes a Cumberland County individual, group or agency that has made an outstanding contribution toward a better quality of life for the county’s citizens. For more information, or to submit a nomination, call the clerk to the board of commissioners at 678-7771 or visit