Archive for April, 2009

Cops & First Aider Save 37-Year Old Man in Park

Posted by cocreator on April 28, 2009
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Suffolk County police say the 37-year-old had no pulse when they were called to help him at about 6:40 p.m. Sunday at Mill Dam Park in Huntington.

Officers Ryan West, Timothy Tonkin, Anthony Iadevaio and Robert Musial used a defibrillator and performed CPR, with help from Huntington Community First Aid Squad volunteer Chris Winter.

The man began breathing on his own and was taken to Huntington Hospital.

No update on his condition was immediately available late Sunday.

It isn’t clear why he collapsed.

Suffolk police patrol cars are generally equipped with defibrillators.

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Security Guards, Doctor & Wife Save Elderly Man in Mall

Posted by cocreator on April 27, 2009
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83 year old Jack Folkins of Annapolis was with his wife, Margaret, in front of the Starbucks near the JCPenney store just before 4:30 p.m. when he had the attack and collapsed on a sofa, according to mall security and county Fire Department officials.

The mall’s security team, of Professional Security Consultants, was alerted to the medical emergency and officers stationed throughout the mall quickly sprang into action, said Sgt. David McMullen, a supervisor of the mall security crew.

Officers Hasan Nazzel and Ian Preuss ran to the customer-service counter in front of Lord & Taylor and grabbed a first-aid kit and one of three defibrillators at the mall, McMullen said.

They ran to Starbucks, where they joined McMullen and Officers Jamie Schmidt and James Millsap as they assisted Folkins, who was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

Courtney McCluskey, a physician who works for Franklin Square Hospital, was walking through the mall when she heard screams for help and ran to help. She and Folkins’ wife were already doing CPR when the security officers arrived, McMullen said. McCluskey was performing chest compressions on Folkins and his wife was breathing into his mouth.

Meanwhile, a large crowd was forming around Folkins.

As the officers cleared onlookers, McMullen placed the defibrillator on Folkins’ chest.

“I analyzed his body – then the (defibrillator) advised me to give him a shock,” he said. “At that point he wasn’t breathing and he didn’t have a pulse, either. I reanalyzed him, and another shock was not advised. I told the doctor to continue compressions and I gave him two full breaths.”

Soon after, Folkins regained consciousness and began breathing normally, McMullen said.

Paramedics arrived about a minute later to take over Folkins’ treatment.

“It was quite a miracle that he survived,” Folkins said, adding that her husband is at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., awaiting heart surgery. “Everything was just beautifully done, and I feel like I have two angels on my shoulders.”

McMullen said the rescue was “an amazing experience.”

“This is my first life-saving experience since I’ve been here for four years,” he said.

“I’m very grateful for all of the people who helped us,” Margaret Folkins said Saturday. “I did the best I could under the circumstances, but they were absolutely wonderful – both the two ladies who came in as strangers and attended to us, and then also the security force at the mall.”

“They all used the training that they’ve received and acted in a very quick and smart manner,” he said. “I couldn’t be any more proud of them if they were my own sons.”

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Colleagues Save Geometry Teacher in High School

Posted by cocreator on April 26, 2009
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David Duke the Survivor

David Duke the Survivor

Feb. 13 started like a typical day, Duke said. The classes he taught that morning passed without incident, and he had just started his planning period. His last memory was standing at the classroom podium. What happened next, he learned from his co-workers.

Martha Wissler, a math teacher whose classroom is next to Duke’s, heard the loud thud caused by Duke collapsing and striking the wall with his head and shoulders.

Wissler, who was teaching a class, went to investigate and found Duke unconscious on the floor. A second teacher who happened to pass by, called 911 and the school’s administration office. That same teacher also alerted a registered nurse who happened to be at the school that day to teach a workshop.

Carrie Higdon, an assistant principal at the school, said when the defibrillator was hooked up to Duke, it indicated he had no pulse.

A single jolt from the machine, however, restored his pulse, and moments later, paramedics were rushing Duke to the hospital.

Duke was in a coma for five days. Doctors were able to clear a clogged artery that caused the heart attack. He returned to teaching seven weeks later.

Looking back, Higdon said the entire episode happened so fast, nobody had time to think. She considers it good fortune that it all worked out the way it did.

“It was one of those things where everything fell into place the right way,” Higdon said.

Duke, however, attributes his second chance at life to divine providence. He said the experience has tightened the bonds he has with his colleagues, especially those who acted so quickly to save his life.

“I’ve hugged them all several times,” Duke said. “I can’t thank them enough.”

“I would be a very strong proponent of every school having at least one,” he said. “I cannot stress their importance enough.”

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Doctor, Nurses & Cops Save Spectator at Baseball Game

Posted by cocreator on April 26, 2009
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Keith and Survivor Wife Angela Glotzbach

Keith and Survivor Wife Angela Glotzbach

Tana Bolus, an emergency room nurse at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, was arriving to watch her son play at Floyds Knobs Community Center on Monday when an adult collapsed in the stands.

Dr. Tom Harris, the Floyd County medical officer and an emergency room physician, also was present. His wife, who is a nurse, and two New Albany police officers were there too.

But Harris said it was the defibrillator more than the assembled medical and emergency expertise that “probably made a significant difference in the outcome of the case.”

It was Bolus, along with neighbor Kristy Smith, who used a $5,200 grant from the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County to purchase five defibrillators and distribute them to local ballparks.

And Bolus was there Monday night and helped put one into use to get the spectator’s heart going again.

Bolus said the device gave the person “a fighting chance.”

“I never expected we’d be using it that soon, that’s for sure,” she said.

The spectator was taken to Floyd Memorial Hospital.


Glotzbach, 37, an active woman who felt fine, was in the bleachers on April 20 in Floyds Knobs watching her 7-year-old son Cory play baseball. Then her heart stopped, without warning or apparent cause.

Glotzbach spent nine days in the hospital and, as a precaution, has had a defibrillator and a pacemaker implanted. She looks good, regains strength, smiles like she won the lottery and made it recently to one of Cory’s end-of-the-year school events. She’s also the mother of daughter Maci, 10.

“I can’t feel sorry for myself,” Glotzbach said. “There are people out there worse off. I just feel I’m lucky.”

“It was the best-case scenario, that’s for sure,” Bolus said. She could tell Glotzbach was tough, a fighter, that night at the game, as her heart was shocked again and again into behaving itself.

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Athletic Trainer Saves 17 Year Old Football Player

Posted by cocreator on April 24, 2009
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Emilio Martinez the Survivor

Emilio Martinez the Survivor

17-year old Martinez had just wrapped up his daily workout in his advanced weights class Monday afternoon.

Physical education teacher Jay Johnson, an assistant Cienega football coach, saw Martinez faint, hit his chin on a weight bench barbell as he collapsed and drop to the floor unconscious.

Johnson is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as are all of Cienega’s coaches. He began attending to Martinez as a student ran to get Schneider.

“When I got there, I immediately assessed the situation and knew right away we needed the AED,” Schneider said.

“I’ve never actually had to use an AED or even do CPR before,” she said. “I’m trained for both, but never have actually been in a situation where I had to do it. It was sort of an out-of-body experience. I guess the training just took over and I was just doing what I knew to do to help him.”

“When we were done,” Schneider said, “I plugged this into my computer and it gave the paramedics and doctors a printout of everything that happened from the time I opened the AED to the time I closed it, including all his heart rates and any other info.”

Martinez, a seemingly healthy athlete in a family with no history of heart conditions, has been at University Medical Center since the collapse, frequently visited by friends and family members.

Philip, a landscaper, and Alberta, a bus driver, both 43, were at work Monday when they heard.

“This just came out of nowhere” the father said. “Right now, we just can’t say how grateful we are to the school, to Deana and Jay, and to everyone that helped keep him alive.”

“Without that (device) and without her there, the doctors said my son would have probably died,” said Phil Martinez. “. . . I can’t tell you how grateful my wife and I are that they were there and handling the situation the way they did.”

“It’s a shock,” Philip Martinez said. “At 17 years old, these kinds of things aren’t supposed to happen. The fact my son is here is testament to why schools should have them.”

“I’m just glad they were there to help me,” said Emilio, adding that the last thing he remembers was finishing class and heading to the locker room. It wasn’t until late Monday night that he awoke in the hospital to find his father by his bedside.

“I have no words,” said a tearful Alberta, who said she couldn’t sleep Monday because of the shock of nearly losing Emilio, the youngest of four who enjoys wrestling and is a middle linebacker on the football team.

“How do you say, ‘Thank you. Our son is here today because of what you did’?”

“That AED? It’s already paid for itself. Every (school) better have one. Even if they never need it, they better have one.

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