Archive for August, 2009

Nurses & Gym Employee Save Man while Rockclimbing

Posted by cocreator on August 28, 2009
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Ken Jester and his wife, Helena, normally do their wall-climbing at a gym in Columbia.

Ken Jester the Survivor

Ken Jester the Survivor

But Aug. 3, the Elkridge residents drove their son, Paul, to the Earth Treks Climbing Center, in Timonium, so he could take a bouldering class.

While Paul was in class, the Jesters decided to do some climbing as well.

“I got about 10 feet up, got a little dizzy and was about to say ‘take’ so my wife would take my weight,” Jester said.

He never had the chance.

He went unconscious and hung limp from his climbing harness.

Climbing at the center when Jester becamet unconscious were Andrea Vella-Camilleri, of Hampden, and Lynn Addie, of Lancaster, Pa., both nurses. Once they realized Jester was in trouble, they helped his wife get him to the ground.

Addie checked his pulse and heard him gasp for air. She began administering rescue breathing while Vella-Camilleri performed chest compressions.

“He wasn’t moving at all,” recalled Kjeld Lauritzen, an Owings Mills resident and graduate student at Towson University, who was also climbing at the time.

Lauritzen yelled for someone to call 911 and retrieved the automated external defibrillator from behind the counter.

Through CPR training, he knew how to use the defibrillator and followed the audio prompts.

“You put the patches on and it analyzes,” he said.

The defibrillator decided that Jester needed a shock, and warned the others to stay clear.

Jester’s heart resumed a regular beat after the first shock and he returned to consciousness around the time paramedics arrived.

Capt. Steve Adelsberger, Baltimore County Fire Department’s public access defibrillator coordinator, said the climbers were correct in not waiting for the paramedics.

In fact, if it hadn’t been for Vella-Camilleri, Addie and Lauritzen, the odds would have been against Jester’s survival.

“CPR only buys time until the shock can be delivered,” Adelsberger said.

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Father of 3 Saved during Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on August 28, 2009
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IPFW Senior Travis Barnes works at the Gates Sports Center.

On August 7, while working, he administered an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator to a basketball player who’d collapsed during a game and had stopped breathing.

That player was 44-year old Ken Solter, a local father of three.

The only thing I remember is seeing nothing but gray and dropping to the ground,” said Solter. “After that I was trying to get up and it seemed like everything was pulling me back down.”

Barnes, 26, attributes his quick thinking to his training with the United State Marines, as well as additional CPR training from IPFW. He says he simply reacted.

“All those guys were there,” said Barnes, referring to Solter teammates that morning. “Everybody did what they were supposed to do and under the circumstances, everyone reacted perfectly.”

Solter said he didn’t really know how to thank Barnes for his grace under fire.

“I mean, what do you do, offer him a gift card?” Solter said, laughing. “Thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough. I’m very lucky to be here and I’m very thankful for everything [Barnes] and everyone else did for me.”

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Nurse & Asst Principal Save Firefighter in School

Posted by cocreator on August 26, 2009
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Richmond went to Bon Lin Middle School on Aug. 18 to check out his kids for an orthodontist appointment.

Kenneth Richmond the Survivor

Kenneth Richmond the Survivor

He was chatting with the front office staff at about 3 p.m. and had written his first name on the sign-out sheet when the 41-year-old father collapsed in cardiac arrest.

With ink pen still in hand, Richmond slammed onto the tile floor, landing on his back, unconscious.

Also in the office that afternoon was cardiac nurse Dawn Graves, who was there to check out her son for a medical appointment. If she hadn’t sent him back to his classroom to get his backpack that he forgot, they would have been gone when Richmond collapsed.

“I just heard him hit the floor,” said Graves, a nurse at Methodist North Hospital.

She quickly dropped to his side and rubbed his chest and patted his face. His eyes were open and he was breathing, but he was out of it. He was sweating heavily.

She started performing CPR as an office staff member called 911. Assistant principal Jeremy Yow, also trained in CPR, quickly grabbed the defibrillator the school received last year.

They calmly followed the instructions on the device, alternating between electrical shocks through pads on Richmond’s chest and CPR.

Bartlett Fire paramedics arrived within three minutes and gave Richmond additional shocks on the way to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.

“I like saying that the Lord put everything in place for me to still be here,” Richmond said Monday, recovering in his Arlington home.

Richmond said he’d been to a heart doctor recently because he was having irregular heartbeats and was scheduled to see a rhythm specialist two days after he collapsed.

“If they didn’t have the AED to shock me, I probably wouldn’t be here,” Richmond said.

Serbrina Richmond, the firefighter’s wife, said she’s grateful that she made that orthodontist appointment for her kids, who usually ride the bus home from school.

Had she not, daughter Kennedy, 13, and son Kenny, 11, would’ve likely found their father passed out.

It was like angels watching over my husband,” she said. “He is a living miracle.”

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Woman & 3 Men Save Elder outside Grocery Store

Posted by cocreator on August 26, 2009
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Jennifer Trombly of St. Petersburg had just walked out of a Sweetbay Supermarket at about 6 p.m. when she heard a commotion and saw a man lying on the ground outside the store.

Jennifer Trombly the Saviour

Jennifer Trombly the Saviour

Trombly called 911. She asked three men who were helping the victim if he was breathing or had a pulse. They said, “No.” She told the men to give the man two breaths to give him some oxygen.

Trombly, whose 9-year-old son has a condition that can cause him to go into a life-threatening arrhythmia, raced to her car and got her personal automated external defibrillator, or AED.

As she tried to get the defibrillator out of a backpack, she instructed the men to give 30 chest compressions and continue mouth-to-mouth.

Another man lifted the victim’s shirt. She put the tabs on his chest to analyze if a shock was needed. When the shock was advised, they told everyone to clear, and Trombly shocked him.

The men continued CPR and the victim, who had a name tag that identified him as Charlie, started to take irregular breaths.

Shortly afterward, St. Petersburg firefighters and paramedics arrived at the store, 6095 9 Ave. N, to find that Trombly had coordinated the rescue effort.

Trombly’s actions helped save the man’s life, said Lt. Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue.

She jump-started his heart with that,” Granata said.

Paramedics transported the man, whose name wasn’t released, to Bayfront Medical Center in serious condition.

“I don’t look at myself as a hero,” Trombly said Tuesday night. “All I did was use a tool I had and push a button.”

“I don’t feel like I did anything extra,” she said. “I think the guys who did the CPR are the real heroes. They kept him going until I could give him the shock.”

Trombly, a third grade teacher at Northwest Elementary, has had the AED for two years.

She said her family was trained on the machine when her son was diagnosed with having an irregular heartbeat.

“You never know when you’re going to use it,” she said.

“It is nice to know that people will still do good even if it’s a complete stranger,” Trombly said. “And that means a lot.”

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iPhone Users Can Help Put AED Locations on World Map

Posted by cocreator on August 26, 2009
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Calling all iphone users! Our partners at The Extraordinaries have created an iPhone app to help us create a world map of AED locations.

Please help us with just a couple of minutes of your time.



Your can download the application HERE.

With a few touches on your iphone, you can help save a live!

These are a few photos of AED taken by our international volunteers!

Lubbock Police Dept, Texas

Lubbock Police, Texas

Philips Healthcare, Seattle

Philips Healthcare, Seattle

San Francisco, US

San Francisco, US

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii


NTU, Singapore

Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa, Canada

World Map
Please note that due to limits of Google Maps, not all AED locations are displayed.

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With more micro-volunteers coming forward, we can add more AED locations to the world map above.

Updates : First Aid Corps is mentioned in the UK!