Archive for April, 2011

Cops Save Man at Work

Posted by cocreator on April 29, 2011
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On Jan. 25, Thomas said, Detective Birely was on patrol when he was called to Delta Motor Parts for a possible in progress heart attack. Sgt. Chavira also heard the call for help and grabbed a defibrillator as he was leaving the police station.

Greg Birely & Joe Chavira the Saviours

When he arrived, he found a male on the floor; no pulse could be detected.

He applied the defibrillator patches to the man’s body and with the assistance of Detective Birely, delivered three shocks to the man’s system and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

Birely was then asked to drive the ambulance to the hospital.

“Because of their quick response, critical thinking and strong desire to provide the best possible service to the Delta community, I would like to present to Sgt. Chavira and Det. Birely the Lifesaving Award,” Thomas said. Mayor Mary Cooper enthusiastically led a round of applause. The former owner of Delta Motor Parts, she said the man who suffered the heart attack was “a very dear friend and an employee of almost 20 years.”

Humbled by the award, Sgt. Chavira said he was thankful God put him in a situation to help. Detective Birely said it’s an honor for them both to serve the citizens of Delta. They don’t do the job for recognition, but do appreciate the award. “Thankfully we were able to help the gentleman,” Birely said.

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Lifeguards Save Elderly Man in Gym

Posted by cocreator on April 28, 2011
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Emergency responders saved the life of a man who went into cardiac arrest on Sunday while working out in the gym of the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, officials say.


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According to East Meadow Fire Department Chief Carl Pugliese, the call came in just before 10 a.m.

“We were alerted that there was an unresponsive man at the Aquatic Center gym,” Pugliese said. “Probably about half way there, the dispatcher called me back and said that the lifeguard said that they were in the process of doing CPR.”

Lifeguards from the facility used an external defibrillator and began resuscitation efforts until the East Meadow Fire Department arrived. Once on scene, the rescue crew, led by Lt. Giovanni Bautista, took over and they were able to restart the man’s heart and breathing.

“By the time they got him to an ambulance, the gentleman regained his heartbeat,” Pugliese said. “He was actually breathing on his own with oxygen.”

The 66 year-old man, who was not identified, was taken via Ambulance to Nassau University Medical Center. He has since been moved to the Cardiac Care Unit. He is expected to remain in the hospital for “a week or two,” according to Pugliese, but doctors expect the man to make a full recovery.

The doctor congratulated the rescue team for their quick response and expedient efforts.

“He thinks that the quick intervention actually saved the gentleman’s life,” Pugliese said.

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Doctor & Firefighter Save Fellow Player during Badminton Game

Posted by cocreator on April 28, 2011
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Moments after scoring a “great point” on the badminton court, Charles Barton began feeling dizzy. The sensation consumed him quickly. Before he could find anywhere to sit down, everything went black and he toppled to the floor.


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It wasn’t long before his heart and breathing stopped.

Charles Barton the Survivor

Were it not for the quick actions of fellow players — Dr. David Stenning and Phil Barnes, a Toronto firefighter — and access to an automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock his system, that would be the story of how he died.

“No defibrillator, no me,” Barton, a member of the Orangeville Badminton Club, said from his Brampton home, where he’s recovering following heart surgery.

“It’s just awesome. People that you really only knew in passing, that they would come and do so much for you,” he said. “They’re an amazing group of people, who have become more than just friends. Now we’ve walked a journey together.”

Barnes and Stenning were playing doubles badminton at Orangeville District Secondary School the evening of March 29 when they heard someone calling out for help.

They rushed over to find Barton bleeding from the head and seemingly taking his last breath. Checking for a pulse, they found none and Barnes started performing chest compressions — without success.

As they did that, another club member went to grab the school’s AED, while someone else called 911.

“Just by pure coincidence, when the season started, I made a point of finding out where it was in the school,” Barnes said of the AED. “The very first night of the badminton season, I just walked the halls until I found it.”

The device was attached to Barton’s chest and after it determined a shock was suitable, the Brampton man was zapped back to life.

“They really are lifesavers, if there’s one nearby and somebody knows how to use it. They are easy to use,” Stenning said, explaining he’d never used an automated one before. “It’s pretty self-explanatory, as you go through the use of it.”

Barton’s resurrection came a few seconds later, but like the heart failure had, it came quickly.

“Charles reached up and grabbed my hand. That was so eerie,” Barnes said. “That had never happened to me. I’ve been a firefighter for 16 years and I’ve done maybe 30 VSA (vital signs absent) calls and this is the first time a person has ever come back like that.”

A couple minutes later, paramedics arrived and whisked Barton off to Headwaters Health Care Centre. Two days later, he went to Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket for an angiogram to determine what happened.

“They found that I had three arteries with 100 per cent blockage and one with 75 per cent blockage,” Barton explained. “I really had no right to get by that, considering the activity I was doing and what I was running on.”

On April 8, he underwent a quadruple heart bypass and appears to be mending well.
“It was just something out of the blue, thus making the need to have something available like these portable defibrillators for people who have no warning signs, like myself,” Barton said of his heart failure.

Explaining his cholesterol wasn’t “wildly out of shape,” the only indication anything was wrong is that he tired more easily than usual the previous couple weeks.

“These things are essential when you need them,” Barton said of AEDs. “I would just not be here without one of those.”

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College Staff Save Teacher at Athletic Center

Posted by cocreator on April 28, 2011
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43-year-old Jon Lurie and his 11-year-old son Malcolm Lurie had just arrived at the Macalester College’s athletic center to play baseball when the St. Paul man started feeling very dizzy.


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“Next thing I know, I’m on the floor and I’m just gone,” Lurie said.

Jon Lurie the Survivor

Kim Chandler, Macalester’s director of athletics; Randee Garberg, a certified athletic trainer who contracted with Macalester to work with sports teams; and Nelson hurried to Lurie’s side. They used an automated external defibrillator to “jump-start” his heart and performed CPR.

Lurie, a father of four who teaches creative writing at Macalester, was diagnosed with cardiac sarcoidosis, which he described as an autoimmune disease with no known cause or cure, about two years ago. He had a pacemaker installed to prevent his heart from beating too slowly, but it didn’t have a device that shocks the heart if it’s going too fast at the time of his Oct. 27 collapse (that device has since been added).

What happened to him is called “sudden cardiac death,” Lurie said, adding: “The only way to survive that is CPR and a shock to the heart. If I hadn’t had those two things, I most certainly would have died that night.”

When the Macalester workers rushed to help him, Lurie was facedown on the ground. He was breathing a little but soon stopped breathing and lost consciousness, Nelson said. Nelson and Garberg rolled him over while Chandler was getting the defibrillator.

“My first response is, ‘We’re in trouble and we need to go,’ ” Chandler said. She said she could tell by how pale his face was and the look in his eyes, which were open. “He has these steel-blue, beautiful eyes and … I could almost look right through his eyes because I knew that he had checked out.”

After Chandler used the AED and Nelson performed two cycles of CPR, Lurie began to breathe on his own.

“He looked right at Malcolm and he says, ‘I love you, I just want you to know I love you,’ ” said Soren Nelson, manager of the college’s Leonard Center. “So that’s kind of what stands out in my mind. We’re just so thankful that we were in the right place at the right time and able to help.”

The entire Macalester athletic staff is recertified in CPR annually, and Chandler and Nelson had gone through the training the day before they came to Lurie’s aid.

Malcolm provided medical information about his father during the emergency.

Lurie said it’s a blessing to him every day to be alive.

If he and Malcolm had stayed home that night, “the outcome probably would have been far different,” Lurie said as he addressed the group. “I basically delivered myself to the best possible place on Earth I could have been, so thank you to everybody.”

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Retired Firefighter Saves Man during Racquetball Game

Posted by cocreator on April 27, 2011
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Jerry Kilroy was playing racquetball at Burlingame’s Prime Time Athletic Club, something the retired firefighter has been doing three times a week for about 25 years, when he noticed something was horribly amiss.


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He turned around and, through a glass wall, saw his friend Doug Chin sprawled unconscious on the floor of a nearby court.

“Everyone was terrified. It was really scary,” recalled Ray Jungwirth, the club’s general manager, who was at the club that afternoon in mid-March. “Doug was flat on his back, not moving or breathing.”

Chin, an 18-year member of the gym and Belmont resident, had collapsed during a racquetball game about 4 p.m.

“All of a sudden, there was a hush and everything just stopped. I looked and there was Doug. He was down,” said Kilroy, a 69-year-old San Carlos resident who was a San Francisco firefighter for 29 years. “I did a quick survey — no breath, no pulse.”

Chin’s heart was fibrillating, beating rapidly and wildly, unable to properly pump blood through his body. Under such circumstances, a defibrillator can restore the person’s heartbeat to normal by sending an electric shock through the heart.

Kilroy knew there was a defibrillator at the club. He sprinted to the wall where it hung and hooked it up to Chin’s chest, then began performing CPR while the defibrillator took measurements. So-called “smart” defibrillators like the one at Prime Time have two oval patches that are placed on a patient’s chest. A robotic voice gives instructions while the machine determines whether a shock is necessary.

“The defibrillator said, ‘We are going to shock him. Stand clear.’ We stood clear and the shock was administered,” Kilroy said. “He started breathing.”

“It’s a miracle that everything fell into place. Thank God we have those (defibrillators) available,” said Jungwirth, who called Kilroy a “true hero.”

Medics from American Medical Response and firefighters from the Millbrae Fire Department arrived within minutes, summoned by a 911 call.

“Jerry’s actions were the reason for the change in the patient’s condition,” said Lanty Molloy, the fire captain who responded. “He is a hero.”

Chin, who is now on the mend and will be back in the gym in seven weeks, was taken to a hospital after medics and firefighters administered oxygen and otherwise tended to him. Described as a very private person by Kilroy, Chin did not respond to messages asking for comment.

Kilroy shrugged off the descriptions of his behavior as heroic.

“It’s something firefighters do,” he said. “They save people. I’d do it for you — I’d do it for anybody.”

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