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“I was on my way to an experiment in Milbank, and then I heard a guy yelling,” Cassandra Stroud, BC ’12, said. “I went over and there was a guy lying on the floor.”
Stroud, who learned CPR in a sixth-grade babysitting course and had not practiced it since, taught a bystander to perform chest compressions before beginning to breath into the victim’s mouth.
“He didn’t know what he was doing,” she said of the man who she taught chest compressions to, “but I showed him how because I knew I couldn’t do it hard enough for long enough.”
“In spite of all the chaos—the radio calls, the additional security people responding, the phone calls to the office—she never missed a beat,” Public Safety Supervisor Jim Kelly said.
Kelly called for Public Safety’s defibrillator, which he applied twice without success. Paramedics administered a third defibrillation, as well as medication, finally restoring the victim’s pulse.
“When she heard they were able to restore the pulse, she just broke down,” Kelly said. “The emotion overwhelmed her at that point.”
“If it had been another 10 minutes and we had come upon him then, it would have been a very different story,” Kelly said. “She’s the hero here.”