By Linda Dillman
Training— both professional and medical—helped a Canal Winchester water department employee be a better worker and a good Samaritan as well.
Travis Lynch parlayed a seasonal position with the city of Canal Winchester into full time employment and his CPR certification resulted in life saving measures during a March 11 medical emergency near where he works at the city water plant.
“I was driving down High Street in Canal Winchester on March 11 around 2 p.m. when I noticed a gentleman was slowly rolling through the stop sign at Pfeifer Dive and High Street right in front of me,” said Lynch. “I noticed he was having a medical emergency as he went over the curb and stopped in resident’s front yard. I immediately turned my strobes on in my truck, got out, and dialed 911.”
While Lynch was on the phone with 911, other pedestrians at the scene tried to get inside the victim’s truck to check on his condition, but the doors were locked. Lynch said the man appeared unresponsive. The homeowner of the yard where the truck stopped came out with a large pipe wrench and gave it to Lynch to gain access to the truck.
“I was able to break out the passenger back window,” said Lynch. “We were able to get the doors unlocked, and a lady was able to get the gentleman out of the truck. As we waited for EMS to arrive, we were trying to get the man to become responsive. EMS arrived shortly after. This was a team effort with everyone involved. Thankfully, there were multiple people assisting and multiple people played a part in helping the gentleman.”
In 2015-16 Lynch went to the Ohio Fire Academy, where he received Firefighter 1&2 certification and an EMT-Basic certification. Those certifications have since expired, but he is CPR certified.
Lynch started working for the city in the street department as a seasonal employee right after high school in the summer of 2015. He and his twin brother—who now works in the city’s Urban Forestry department—eventually became part time employees with the city. In 2017, they both were hired as full time employees.
Before being transferred to the water department in 2020, Lynch worked three years in the street department. An Ohio Water Supply Operator class 1 license is required to work for city water department and with the help of his co-workers, he was able to pass the operator’s test.
“It is required through the EPA that you have 12 months experience, so I am considered an ‘operator in training’ until my 12-month mark here at the water plant in mid-April and then I will be eligible to receive my license,” said Lynch. “Passing the certification test enables me to perform my everyday tasks within Ohio EPA’s standards. Having the certification shows that I am knowledgeable and capable of performing water supply duties.”