February First Friday Hero – Jessica Kessinger


From Special Reports

This month, Piedmont Newnan’s First Friday Hero program honors Jessica Kessinger, Coweta County Fire Department, for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Jessica joined Coweta County Fire Rescue Station 12 in 2018 as an EMT and firefighter. Recently she was off-duty and witnessed a head-on collision between a motorcyclist and a Ford F-150 truck.

She immediately pulled over and offered assistance to the motorcyclist, who had been thrown into the air and lost his helmet. He was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Jessica immediately began CPR, opened his airway and continued CPR until crews and Air Life arrived on-scene.

The motorcyclist suffered multi-system trauma, including multiple broken bones and other severe injuries. If Jessica had not stopped to offer assistance, the young motorcyclist, who is a father of two, likely would not have made it. Her quick selfless actions saved this young man’s life that day.

Piedmont Newnan Hospital created the First Friday Hero program in April 2019, which is designed to recognize first responders on a monthly basis who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Their line of work is often a thankless job and we want to make the community aware of our local heroes and all they do to make Coweta County and our surrounding communities a better and safer place.

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