Archive for April, 2014

Teammates Save Elderly Man during Hockey Game

Posted by cocreator on April 11, 2014
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One life has been saved thanks to one of six new defibrillators installed in Fort Erie’s municipal buildings.

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A 65 year-old senior hockey player collapsed on the ice at the Fort Erie Leisureplex Tuesday morning. His team mates started CPR and hooked up the man to an AED and saved his life.

“By the time I got there, he had a good pulse and he was breathing,” fire Chief Larry Coplen said.

The Fort Erie Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services responded for the call of a man who collapsed on the ice at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. The man was taken to hospital and treated.

“The life saving units are worth about $2,500 each,” Coplen said.

The fire chief said these units, which are easy to use, can improve cardiac arrest survival rates by 75%.

Although Coplen knew the units would save lives, he didn’t think one of the new units would be used so soon.

He feels it’s important for the public to know how to use a defibrillator in the case of an emergency.

“If members of the public can help (by using a defibrillator), the people who require help can increase their survival rates significantly.”

“People are apprehensive about using these units, however, anyone can learn and anyone can be very effective in saving a life just by taking a three-hour course.”

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Cops Save Man during Patrol

Posted by cocreator on April 11, 2014
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Authorities are crediting an Automated External Defibrillator, kept in a police patrol vehicle, with saving the life of a 52-year-old Wyoming man who was not breathing and had no pulse following a 911 call Sunday.

The City of Wyoming placed an AED in each of the Department of Public Safety’s patrol cars in March 2013 as an effort to streamline police and fire services as one department.

On Sunday, March 9, police Sgt. Corey Walendzk arrived on scene within two minutes of a 911 call about the man’s emergency medical situation. Officers Dan Vliestra and Kresten Green followed.

After confirming the man was indeed not breathing and had no pulse, the trio grabbed the AED from a patrol car and delivered a series of electrical shocks. They performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.

By the time the man was transported to the hospital, he was breathing and had a steady heart rate and pulse, Chief James Carmody said.

“On these critical medical calls, minutes do count when it comes to someone surviving,” Carmody said. “Installing the AEDs in our patrol cars not only added much-needed technology to our service capabilities, it put that same life-saving technology closer to those who will need it the most.”

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Coaches & Nurses Save Referee at Soccer Game

Posted by cocreator on April 03, 2014
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It could have been a very different outcome at an Airport High School soccer game last month when one of the game’s referees collapsed.

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Ramon Gil was ready for the Airport High lady Eagles’ scrimmage.

“I was feeling normal as usual,” said Gil. “Got ready for the game, put my stuff in the bag, and went out to the game.”

Gil also said he felt nothing out of the ordinary that day. – Columbia, South Carolina |

“The last thing I remember, there was a scramble toward the opposing side of the field and so I had to take off, turn on the fire burners, so to speak, to keep up with the girls and they told me I fell mid-field, so I only ran about 25 yards, collapsed,” said Gil.

A referee for 11 years and a Latin dance instructor, Gil considered himself to be in great shape. But none of that mattered that day.

Certified athletic trainer and University of South Carolina graduate student Shea deWeber rushed onto the field from the sidelines.

“We resuscitated him using CPR, we put the AED on him, and delivered one shock,” said deWeber. “After that, his vitals came back and he seemed to be stable until EMS arrived.”

“Everybody sees us taping ankles and looking at a shoulder during a football game. What they don’t see is that we are educated to help out in emergency situations,” said head athletic trainer Karen Edwards.

deWeber acted immediately, relying on his training. Several USC undergrads assisted and two nurses who were sitting in the stands came to his aide.

“I didn’t do anything special, anything different than any other athletic trainer would have done in my situation,” said deWeber.

Gil is grateful.

“There was one artery 100 percent blocked, there was another one, 90 percent blocked and another one was 75 percent blocked,” said Gil.

Four days later, he had a triple bypass.

“They said there was really nothing I could have done to prevented it, that it was genetics,” said Gil.

A soccer ball signed by the team now serves as a reminder of what could have been.

“I really appreciate the fact that I have another chance to do something in life,” said Gil. “I was gone. There was 15 minutes, no heartbeat. If there hadn’t been an AED, the defibrillator on the field, you wouldn’t be able to talk to me today. I wouldn’t be here.”

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Staff & Bystanders Save Elderly Man in Club

Posted by cocreator on April 03, 2014
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Thursday, March 6, was an afternoon Jori Bourdon is certain she’ll never forget.

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That’s the afternoon Bourdon and others saved a life.

Bourdon is the general manager of Norton Pines Athletic Club, 1350 Judson Rd.

Around 1 p.m. March 6, Bourdon heard a shout from the club’s Level 2: “Call 911, a man is down.”

A member of the club, reportedly in his 70s, had suddenly collapsed. He wasn’t breathing, according to eyewitnesses.

Personnel at the front desk called 911, and Bourdon ran upstairs. A man was trying CPR. Bourdon took over with that, and another employee brought up a defibrillator.

A club member came up to help Bourdon with chest compressions. The AED was opened, and someone cut the man’s shirt off. Bourdon and another staffer put the device’s pads on his chest. The readout advised that shock be applied, so they did, and kept doing it until the device said no shock advised, Bourdon said.

They continued CPR and monitored the man to see if he was breathing. Around that time firefighter first responders arrived, followed quickly by a Professional Med Team ambulance and Norton Shores police.

“My training automatically kicked in,” Bourdon said. “I was shocked that I could hold myself together under a stressful situation and be able to perform CPR. Everything I had been trained to do came to me.”

Bourdon credits “very thorough” training courses for Norton Pines employees by the club’s safety instructor, Jack Redeker. All employees are CPR certified and trained in first aid and AED use, she said. The club holds a training class monthly.

“It is very important to have an AED and until I had to use it they were just three boxes placed strategically around the club,” Bourdon said. “We all know where they are, but they now have meaning to me.

“The paramedics said we did everything right and that the AED saved his life.”

The experience has changed her, Bourdon said.

“Even though the outcome was so positive, it is very emotional and it will change me forever,” she said. “I am so thankful that if something like this had to happen, I am glad that it happened here where we could help him.”

Rescue personnel were impressed at the response and the good results.

“When we walked in, the gentleman was still on the floor, was not yet conscious but was breathing,” Kinnucan said. “Within a matter of a couple of minutes after our arrival, he was talking to us.”

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Teens Save Man Walking his Dog

Posted by cocreator on April 03, 2014
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It started out as an ordinary day for students from Huntingtown High School in Calvert County as they were on their way to class Friday morning. But as they looked out the windows of their school bus, they saw a man lying face down on the ground in the snow holding his dog on a leash.


Four of the students jumped off the bus and rushed to his aid. Two of them are training as volunteer firefighters and administered CPR.

Tyler Latvala and Lawrence Moats said they just did what they learned to do in class. Two other students on the bus, Nigeria Jones and Dion Jones, who are cousins, also helped out.

They went through the man’s pockets looking for identification and eventually found a phone number on his dog’s tag to call relatives.

Paramedics on an arriving ambulance took over and rushed the man to the hospital.

He is back at home now, but invited the students over to shake their hands and thank them for saving his life.

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