Archive for November, 2008

Cop & Wife Save Man at Thanksgiving

Posted by cocreator on November 28, 2008
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Rick Kezima

Rick Kezima

He was out playing touch football with his sons and some friends last Thanksgiving when he suddenly collapsed. His heart had stopped beating. “I was going out for a pass, next thing I remember I was being wheeled out of surgery at Mass. General.”

But luckily, one of Rick’s friends is a state trooper. He started performing CPR right away. “They thought I was messing around, but he saw my eyes glazed over and knew just what to do,” said Rick.

And that trooper’s wife sells portable defibrillators and actually had one in her car. So they used the device to keep Rick’s heart beating until the EMTs got there. “She sells them, but never used on before but she did it and showed anyone can use one,” explained Rick.

Rick says he realizes how lucky he is to be alive and spending thanksgiving with family.

He hopes his story will help save others. He explains, “Now it’s really starting to really hit me. It makes you appreciate things. People do take life for granted.”

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56 Year Old Man Saved at Parade

Posted by cocreator on November 27, 2008
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Witnesses said 56-year-old Dave Swisher, of Gettysburg, who also works for the Gettysburg College facilities services department, was near the front of the parade carrying a drum when the coronary attack occurred just before 1:30 p.m.

According to the report I have here, our defibrillator was used, but it wasn’t one of our people who used it. Before the defibrillator was used, someone was doing CPR, from what I understand.”

Medic 28 was on hand and Swisher was transported to Gettysburg Hospital before being taken by helicopter to Hershey.

Monday morning, Swisher underwent triple-bypass surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

At 2 p.m., a public relations spokesperson listed his condition as critical.

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Cop & Firefighter Save 20 Year Old Man

Posted by cocreator on November 26, 2008
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Trooper Jason Ward

Trooper Jason Ward

When Indiana Trooper Jason Ward contacted the post in Fort Wayne to check what was going on, he was told it was an alert siren for the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department and that it was for a passenger in a Plymouth Voyager van experiencing medical difficulties on U.S. 30 at the Allen County-Whitley County line.

Ward located the van at 12:21 a.m. and found 20-year-old Zachary P. Mosley wrapped in a blanket and unresponsive to attempts to rouse him.“I got there, and I was the first emergency vehicle there,” he recalled Tuesday afternoon. “A man was laid out in the back of a van. … He was not moving and his breathing was shallow.”

Sidney Allen, 20, of Columbia City, told the trooper Mosley has a history of heart problems and that chest compressions were done before Ward’s arrival, the statement said.

Shortly afterward, a volunteer firefighter from the Arcola department arrived. Together, they took Mosley out of the van, removed his shirt and affixed the automatic electronic defibrillator to his chest.

“Lo and behold, the machine said to shock him,” said Ward. “So I cleared everybody and pushed the button and it was like somebody turned the switch on. He woke up, then he sat up and leaned over, then fell back to the ground and said, ‘man, that really hurt.’”

He started talking to us, mainly complaining about the pain he’d just received,” Ward said about the incident, which occurred at 12:17 a.m

He became more responsive and began answering questions. He was transported to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne where was listed in serious condition, the statement said.

“I just happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right piece of equipment,” said Ward, a seven-year trooper.

“I’m not medically inclined, so I don’t know much other than his heart wasn’t beating in a rhythm,” said Ward. “He was in trouble. For me to say he wouldn’t have made it, I’m not a doctor. He was in trouble, though.”

“It’s one of those things you hope you get to do,” said Ward. “You hope that God gives you the opportunity to be in the right place”

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Cop & Paramedics Save Teacher

Posted by cocreator on November 22, 2008
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Frank “Doc” Taylor, chairman of the social studies department at Enfield High School, was stricken Thursday night after speaking to the group Voices of Thompsonville.

Police Chief Carl Sferrazza was at the meeting and, using his police radio, called for paramedics.

The chief then checked Taylor, 74, and determined that he had no pulse and was not breathing.

Sferrazza began CPR and soon detected a pulse. About that time, paramedics arrived and began treating Taylor with a defibrillator, Sferrazza said.

Taylor, who has taught in Enfield for nearly 50 years, was taken by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

“We’re just fortunate we were able to bring Mr. Taylor back,” Sferrazza said.

Taylor was listed in critical condition Thursday night at Baystate.

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Man & Respiratory Therapist Save Man in Gym

Posted by cocreator on November 21, 2008
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Frank Hermans & Mike Uttech

Frank Hermans & Mike Uttech

Mike Uttech, a 37-year-old businessman, collapsed while running on a treadmill at Western Racquet & Fitness Club in Ashwaubenon.

“I was on the treadmill about 5 miles an hour,” Uttech said. “About 4 minutes in, I felt really lightheaded. I stepped off the treadmill, and that was the last thing I remember until I had a paramedic standing above.”

Working out at a fitness club last week, entertainer Frank Hermans heard a thud nearby.

Uttech moaned and gasped in horrific ways, his eyes dilated and he turned blue, Hermans said.

“I couldn’t feel a pulse,” Hermans said.

Strangers sprang to action. One called 911. Others sought help within the club.

Noreen Van Den Berg was in a yoga class when someone burst in panicky, asking if anybody worked in the medical profession. Van Den Berg is a respiratory therapist, and she went to assist.

“I was the heart messager, and she took the breath,” Hermans said

Van Den Berg asked if an automatic external defibrillator (AED) was available, and one was brought from the front desk.

The CPR worked to begin with, and then they felt they had lost him,” said Reid Hans, general manager. “Then they shocked him with the AED and brought him back.”

Uttech began to breathe on his own, sit up and speak. After about eight minutes of help from members and staff, emergency medical personnel were on hand to take over.

The doctors told Uttech he would not have survived without the club’s defibrillator.

“It’s hard to realize how close to death you were,” Uttech said.

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