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Bellevue firefighter honored for life-saving effort, will throw out first pitch at Mariner game

A Bellevue firefighter and paramedic will throw out the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners' game with the nine-year-old girl whose life he helped save.

Phil Pierson, who has taught emergency medical skills around the world, will receive this year’s Medic One Foundation’s “Spirit of Team Play Award.”

Pierson was part of a team that saved the girl after she suffered life-threatening injuries in a boating accident.

Lily James, the Bellevue girl who will join Pierson on the mound, is an example of Medic One’s value. In July 2009, she nearly drowned and her feet were almost severed when an inflatable flew off on her family’s boat and she was caught in the tow rope. Paramedics, including Pierson, treated her on the dock of the Mercer Island Beach Club the day of the accident to keep her alive, and a series of surgeries since then have allowed Lily to regain the full use of her feet.

Coworkers nominated Pierson this year and last for his many years providing emergency medical skills and CPR training, both for the public and other paramedics.

“His passion for teaching has taken him all over the county, country and even to Africa,” said fellow paramedic Greg Clifford.

Discounted tickets for the Sept. 14 game, which will include the award presentation, may be purchased online. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Medic One Foundation.

Medic One paramedics are select firefighters who have special training and equipment to provide advanced life support care while a patient is on the way to the hospital.

The Team Play Award is presented annually to a Puget Sound paramedic who exemplifies integrity, teamwork and compassion.

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