MARYSVILLE- A Marysville man reunited with the first responders who saved his life at the Marysville Fire District Board of Director’s meeting Wednesday.

David Strube’s wife Carol called 911 on August 17 after he began having a seizure. When firefighters arrived, David stopped breathing. Firefighters
immediately began CPR and other advanced life-saving measures and were able to restore his pulse. They transported David to a hospital, where he
and Carol celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary the following day. He is now back home continuing his recovery.

“Whenever I hear a siren, I know what’s going on,” Strube said. “They’re going to save another life and I’m really glad they did mine.”

For their actions that day, Fire Chief Martin McFalls presented the Phoenix Award to:


Battalion Chief Rick Jesus

Captain Steve Neyens

Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Schroeder

Firefighter/Paramedic Hunter Day

Firefighter Josh Olsen

Firefighter Katie Hereth

Firefighter Scott Minaker

Firefighter Austin Young

Snohomish County 911 Dispatcher Chad Piazza



At Wednesday’s meeting, Chief McFalls also recognized Firefighter Chad Solbakken for his promotion to Driver/Operator.

We’d also like to commend Firefighter Ryan Hardwick, who recently completed the University of Washington – Medic One Paramedic Training Program. Hardwick
completed 2,500 hours of training over the course of 10 months. He is now back in Marysville providing advanced life support to our community.



Marysville Fire District is dedicated to improving the lives of our community and keeping residents safe. As a Regional Fire Authority created by voters, we provide fire suppression and prevention, emergency medical response, technical rescue, hazmat, surface water rescue and other services to more than 80,000 residents. Our 56-square-mile area includes Marysville, Seven Lakes, Quil Ceda Village, a portion of the Tulalip Indian Reservation, and unincorporated Snohomish County.