FIREFIGHTER and paramedic Jon Burt (right) was presented a commendation from Fire Chief Don Stats for saving a person’s life while off-duty. (NRFD Courtesy Photo)



NORTH READING — Chief Don Stats is proud to share that a member of the North Reading Fire Department saved a person’s life while off-duty last weekend.

On Saturday, April 23, firefighter Jon Burt was dining at the LongHorn Steakhouse in Reading with his family when a person at a nearby table showed signs consistent with choking.

Firefighter Burt, who also is trained as a paramedic, acted quickly and performed the Heimlich maneuver. Burt successfully freed the obstruction from the person’s airway before Reading public safety officials arrived on scene.

Chief Stats has issued a letter of commendation to Firefighter Burt for his life-saving actions.

“Jon’s training and years of experience undoubtedly prepared him for this moment,” Chief Stats said. “What cannot be understated is his quick action and decision-making abilities, which immediately relieved danger and helped save a person’s life. The town of North Reading is fortunate to have Jon serving us.”

Burt is a veteran who was appointed to the North Reading Fire Department in 1992.