After a teen collapsed at Afton Alps ski area, a former deputy sprang into action to use the life-saving device that brought a pulse back to the boy long enough for him to get to an ambulance.
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Without the actions of a father skiing with his family, 17-year-old Dan Mannon might not be alive today. When he fell, he wasn’t breathing and had no pulse.
“I feel really fortunate that I was there,” Shane Linehan told Fox 9 News.
Linehan was taking his daughters skiing for the first time, and he is still beaming over how well they did on the slopes. Yet, their perfect day at Afton Alps was capped off by the save of a lifetime.
“He was on the ground, lying flat,” recalled General Manager Joe Yasis, who tool Fox 9 to the spot where Mannon collapsed at Linehan’s feet on Saturday afternoon. “Shane was giving CPR right there.”
Afton Alps has had portable defibrillators, known as AEDs, for about 10 years — but they’d never used one before Mannon needed it most.
“His body went limp, relaxed, and his eyes stayed fixed and open,” Linehan recalled. “His eyelids weren’t blinking. That was when I knew it was serious.”
So, Linehan jumped out of his skis and started CPR while calling for someone to grab an AED.
“Someone had come running into the office here and said someone was on the ground not breathing,” Yasis said. “I grabbed the AED that I have here in my office and ran out there.”
While the device was being retrieved, Linehan used his pocket knife to cut the teen’s shirt away so that the pads could be applied to his skin as soon as possible.
“You hit that [button], it analyzes — it talks to you, tells you to stand clear,” Yasis explained. “Then, it tells you whether a shock is advised or not advised. In this case, it was advised.”
Mannon’s pulse returned after the shock was delivered, but he still wasn’t breathing.
“I gave him a couple more breaths. I think I smacked him, yelled his name, and said that he needed to take a deep breath,” Linehan recalled. “All of a sudden, he started breathing on his own.”
Linehan, a former sheriff’s deputy, never had to save a life like that in his dozen years in law enforcement, and he admitted the rescue was, “pretty cool” in hindsight.
“It feels amazing,” Linehan said.
Yasis tells Fox 9 News Mannon is doing well in the hospital, and said everything seemed to line up tin the teen’s favor. It usually takes about 15 minutes for an ambulance to get to the slopes, but since one was already on its way for another situation, they diverted it to the teen and got him to the hospital quickly.