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Off Duty Cop Save Man in Parking Lot

Posted by cocreator on May 31, 2014
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A McKinney police corporal is being honored after her quick response to help to save a man who was in distress in a parking lot at a fast-food restaurant.

Melissa Taylor the Saviour

Melissa Taylor the Saviour

Cpl. Melissa Taylor was on her day off when she saw the man in need of medical help. She immediately started CPR.

“Corporal Taylor’s actions revived and kept this gentleman alive until emergency medical crews arrived,” McKinney Assistant Fire Chief Tim Mock said in a news release.

The man is now recovering. His daughter expressed the family’s thanks in a note to Taylor. “The doctors say you saved his life,” she wrote. “There are no words to express our gratitude.”

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Staff Save Elderly Man on Stadium Grounds

Posted by cocreator on January 07, 2014
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A MAN who suffered a heart attack at the MCG on AFL Grand Final day has had an emotional reunion with the emergency service personnel who saved his life.

Jack Kelly the Survivor

Jack Kelly the Survivor

Jack Kelly, 84, praised the work of police, St John Ambulance personal and MICA paramedics, who all played their part under extreme pressure.

“We’ve had hugs, handshakes and congratulations,” Mr Kelly said.

“They’re very good and they were so quick to respond. They started working on me within two minutes.”

Acting detective Senior Constable Di Dale was first on the scene when the Heidelberg Heights resident collapsed while leaving the ground with his son after watching Hawthorn’s 15-point triumph over Fremantle. “I saw him lying on the ground … by the time we turned him over we couldn’t feel a pulse,” detective Sen-Constable Dale said.

“I started CPR. I couldn’t even tell you how long I was doing it for, I just kept going until help arrived.”

It was detective Sen-Constable Dale’s third CPR in 18 months.

MICA paramedic Steve Sault got the call at St Vincent’s Hospital and had to battle thick crowds as he made his way to the ground.

Mr Sault shocked Mr Kelly five times to restart his heart and he was rushed to hospital. Detective Sen-Constable Dale called the hospital daily for updates and after five days Mr Kelly was up and about again.

They both said it was deeply rewarding to meet Mr Kelly. “It’s what you do the job for,” Mr Sault said. “To see Jack with his family and see what he means to his loved ones is very special.”

Detective Sen-Constable Dale said it was “amazing to be able to talk to him, shake his hand, give him a hug”.

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Cop, Nurse & Arena Staff Save Elderly in Carpark

Posted by cocreator on October 16, 2013
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Three people who rushed to aid of a Blackpool FC fan as he had a heart attack have been honoured for their lifesaving instincts.


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Derek Smith, 79, collapsed in the car park of Bolton Wonderers’ Reebok Stadium after watching Blackpool draw 2-2 with The Trotters in May.

PC Garry Lee rushed to his aid, quickly joined by off-duty nurse Tracey Garde, who was driving out of the car park, and Bolton Arena manager Lesley Hough.

All three have won a Lifesaver of the Year award at the UK Heart Safe Awards for keeping Derek alive, even though his heart stopped three times.

Derek Smith the Survivor & Tracey Garde the Saviour

Derek Smith the Survivor & Tracey Garde the Saviour

Bolton fan Tracey said: “I am very proud and humbled to have won.

“I was driving at the time and my mum said someone was on the floor and a police officer was giving him heart massage.

“Instinct told me to get out of the car.”

Tracey, 49, has been a cardiac nurse for 26 years, and said she had never resuscitated anyone outside of work before, and had never given anyone mouth to mouth before Derek.

Lesley used the stadium’s defibrillator to keep Derek’s heart beating.

She and Tracey picked up the award at Thursday’s ceremony while Garry is on holiday.

Tracey said: “The three of us had never met before, but we came together to save Derek’s life and we’ve stayed in touch.

“I’d absolutely do it again.”

Derek, of Bispham, said: “They deserved that award. What they did was absolutely brilliant and this proves it.”

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Nurse Saves Grandfather at Stadium Parking Lot

Posted by cocreator on June 19, 2012
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About an hour before game time, Ryan Walker, 23, arrived at Kauffman Stadium with 15 others for a friend’s bachelor party. They planned to tailgate, watch the game and spend a night on the town.


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Thomas Hinds also was outside the stadium that night. He was in town from Virginia Beach, Va., for his grandson’s graduation from Park Hill South High School and was eager to attend a major-league game. But as he headed toward the ballpark, something wasn’t right.

“We started walking,” Hinds said, “got about halfway there, and then I knew I wasn’t going to make it — that I was going to pass out.”

Fortunately, Walker was nearby with his group when he noticed Hinds had collapsed.

“Immediately I started walking toward him,” Walker said, “and when I was about 20 or 30 feet away I started jogging and just thought, ‘Uh-oh.’ ”

At that point, Walker, a recent nursing graduate from Concorde College, let his instincts and training go to work.

While Royals security rushed to grab an automated external defibrillator, Walker gave Hinds mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions. Using the defibrillator, Walker shocked Hinds in an effort to start his heart. Walker continued CPR until paramedics arrived, and by that time Hinds had regained a pulse.

“He started to come to, opened his eyes a bit,” Walker said. “He knew his name, but they asked him his age and he said he was 35, so he was still pretty out of it.”

Hinds was taken to Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, where Walker happens to work. As Hinds recovered, he learned that the man who had saved him worked just two floors above his hospital bed.

“He must have listened very well in those nursing classes,” Hinds said, “because he knew exactly what to do.”

The two met the next day.

“He came sauntering in like John Wayne,” Hinds said with a laugh. “I immediately knew who he was. …

“I said, ‘You’re the man who saved my life,’ and he didn’t say yes to that, he simply looked at me and said, ‘Well, that’s what I’m trained to do.’ ”

While Hinds got to thank the man who had revived him, Walker met the man whose life he had saved — the first life he’s saved in his short career.

“It was great. He was a super nice guy — real down to earth and has a great sense of humor,” Walker said. “He kept saying ‘thank you’ and was constantly boasting to the nurses that, ‘Oh, this is Ryan Walker. He saved my life.’ ”

For Walker, the experience reassured him that the medical field is the right fit for him.

“It helps build confidence,” he said. “Being less than a year out of nursing school, being in that situation, it feels good.”

The night of the incident, after Hinds’ wife and grandson thanked Walker, the team gave him a reward as well.

“We got our seats upgraded (by stadium staff) to the second row, and the Royals won,” Walker said. “It ended up being a pretty darn good bachelor party.”

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Bystanders Save Elderly Woman in Parking Lot

Posted by cocreator on March 09, 2011
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Margie Hager always believed in angels, but the two burly men who saved her life look nothing like the delicate, winged creatures that grace windows and cabinets of her Wilkes-Barre home.

Margie Hager the Survivor

“I honestly believe in angels, I have a living room full of them, and a kitchen window, and God gave me two living angels,” she said.

Although Hager, 64, remembers nothing about the massive heart attack that suddenly struck her down in the parking lot of Price Chopper, Wilkes-Barre Township, on Feb. 27, she knows she is alive because of the impromptu CPR delivered by passersby Mike Romanowski and Paul Gallagher.

“It was actually a blood clot in an artery and when Mike did the first compression, I guess he actually shot it out so it didn’t explode. (The doctors) said I was actually dead.” Hager said. “I keep telling my husband that I still can’t believe I died and I’m still here.”

Romanowski, of Swoyersville, was the first to deliver CPR. On the way home from the gym, his wife asked him to pick up orange juice at Sam’s Club. Wanting Swiss cheese for a sandwich, and not wanting several pounds of it from the bulk-foods store, he stopped at Price Chopper.

“As soon as I pulled into the lot, I saw her on the ground. I parked my vehicle and I started rushing over to her. When I asked, ‘Are you OK?’ I could tell she wasn’t,” he said.

Romanowski pulled out his cell phone, called 911 to get an ambulance on the way, and with his free hand did two hard compressions on her chest.

“When she called me, I was just overwhelmed by the call. She said her doctors said the first couple compressions, that’s what saved her life,” he said. “Just that initial jolt of doing a compression brought it back.”

Gallagher, a vendor with Kellog’s Snacks, walked out of the store after stocking the shelves and saw Romanowski on the phone. He immediately dropped to his knees and took over compressions.

“I really saw that no one else was doing anything. Mike was on the phone, which was the right thing to do,” Gallagher, of Dallas, said. “I did chest compressions for about 90 seconds when she took a few ragged breaths. Someone behind me said once she starts breathing you have to stop CPR. I did, and she stopped breathing.”

He immediately resumed CPR and kept going until the ambulance arrived and a medic knelt to the ground and placed his hands where Gallagher’s were. With zero formal CRP training, Gallagher guesses he must have learned how to administer it through a public service announcement or a TV show. A retired foreman, Romanowski had been trained, but only ever performed chest pumps on a dummy.

Hager was whisked to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, where she remained until Wednesday recovering. Until she woke up hours later, she did not know what happened.

Trying to be lighthearted about what could have been fatal, she joked it was a good thing her “angels” weren’t wimps.

“(The doctors) told me I’m very lucky I don’t know what they did to me. I guess between the CPR and the paddles, it was brutal,” she said.

Through Wilkes-Barre Township police, Hager found Romanowski, who had given his name and number to police, and Gallagher, who drove to the hospital after the rescue to check on Hager and had left his information with medics.

Gallagher saved the message he received from Hager on Wednesday, when she told him, “You’re my angel and you saved my life.”

The three gathered Saturday at Hager’s home for the first time since the nearly tragic heart attack. She gave them each a Willow Tree angel figurine and a card, and made them promise to come to a party once it gets warm outside.

“These two men, and I honestly believe God sent them there, and I owe them everything,” she said. “And I have four children, seven grandchildren and they all feel the same way.”

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