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Colleagues Save Co-Worker in Kitchen

Posted by cocreator on June 14, 2014
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A Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall cook who fell unconscious during a heart attack in the facility’s kitchen credits the two Contra Costa Health services nurses on duty with saving his life.


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Nurses Liz Maaske and Mary Vesey revived their coworker, Edward Taraskewich, using CPR and an automated external defibrillator shortly after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the morning of Jan. 6. When the nurses found Taraskewich, he had no pulse and was not breathing, according to Will Harper, spokesman for Contra Costa Health Services.

In recognition of their efforts, the county’s Emergency Medical Services Division awarded the two women, along with emergency responders, a “Certificate of Heroism” in a ceremony attended by Taraskewich on March 12.

Maaske and Vesey, who have a combined 35 years of experience as nurses at at the John A. Davis Juvenile Hall were trained to administer CPR and use a defibrillator, but this was the first time they had had to use them on the job, according to Harper.

The nurses were able to revive Taraskewich before paramedics arrived, according to Harper.

Taraskewich had worked with Maaske and Vesey for 14 years and celebrated his 63rd birthday earlier this month as a result of the women’s swift, life-saving actions.

“I would never have seen this day without Liz and Mary,” Taraskewich said. “They saved my life.”

Taraskewich said he plans to return to his job as lead cook next week.

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Colleagues Save Man at Work just Months after Training

Posted by cocreator on March 11, 2014
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Last August, Tim Watson thought it might be a good idea to have a CPR class taught at Kool-Stop, the high-tech Lake Oswego bicycle brake company where he works as vice president. He also bought an AED in December – a sort of ounce-of-prevention Christmas present to company employees.


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But little did Watson realize that by late January, training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation would save the life of a 16-year employee.

“We trained all employees in August because we thought it was a good thing to know,” Watson said. “But we never imagined we would have to use our skills so soon.”

Aleksandr Ovanesyants the Survivor; Randy Smith, Ovanesyants, Tim Watson  Richard Everett the Saviours

Aleksandr Ovanesyants the Survivor; Randy Smith, Ovanesyants, Tim Watson Richard Everett the Saviours

On Jan. 20, Kool-Stop employees found Aleksandr Ovanesyants, 55, of Beaverton lying on the floor. He had stopped breathing and had no pulse at all. Following their training, the employees attached the automated external defibrillator and waited for the machine to tell them what to do.

But because Ovanesyants’ heart had completely stopped, the AED did not advise the employees to administer a shock. So, employees began performing CPR, exactly as they had been taught, giving Ovanesyants rhythmic chest compressions while someone called for help. Arriving firefighters confirmed that his heart had stopped.

“When I walked in the door, I had real concerns that we would not be able to bring Aleksandr back,” said Battalion Chief Jim Doane of the Lake Oswego Fire Department. “Having what we call a ‘flat line’ when we get there are not good odds of survival.”

But after a little while, Ovanesyants suddenly began breathing again. He was rushed to the hospital and was discharged after several days, with a new lease on life.

On Feb. 19, the Lake Oswego Fire Department presented Kool-Stop employees with Community Service Awards for saving Ovaneysants’ life.

Ovaneysants’ wife, Marina, joked at the award presentation that she told her husband CPR training probably was not necessary.

“I was so wrong,” she said. “I want to tell everyone to learn CPR.”

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Colleagues Save Man at Work with Defibrillator Installed on Same Day

Posted by cocreator on March 07, 2014
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In some situations, timing is everything.


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The same morning Bonfiglioli, a Hebron manufacturing company, installed an automated external defibrillator (AED), it was used to save the life of an employee who went into cardiac arrest.

“Essentially I was told I basically died and the defibrillator saved my life,” said Jackie Bartley, just 41, of Burlington.

Steve Duncan, Frank Baker, Marlon Mauldin and Dan Casnellie the Saviours

Steve Duncan, Frank Baker, Marlon Mauldin and Dan Casnellie the Saviours

He was in a meeting Feb. 19 with two other managers when he started getting hot, and he could not understand his co-workers, he said.

Then he woke up with people around him.

A weak muscle in his heart caused him to go into cardiac arrest, he said.

When Bartley lost consciousness, several employees responded, calling 911, performing CPR, and using the defibrillator.

Frank Baker was in the meeting with Bartley. He called it a miracle.

Even more so because employees had not gone through training yet; that was Feb. 24.

“To learn in the training that you have a 40 percent chance of surviving or bringing someone back to life, that hit it home for me,” Baker said. “I was like wow. I didn’t think much of it when we plugged it in. We though oh, he’ll come back out of this.”

Bonfiglioli vice president of operations David Hall said, “We as a company understand that everything fell into place at the right time.”

He said an AED as something that’s “not required, but nice to have.” The company said that, from a safety perspective, it wanted to make sure it was available “in a just-in-case situation.”

“(It’s) definitely one of the best investments we’ve ever made in our company,” said Hall.

“They saved his life, they really did,” Hebron Fire Protection District Capt. Tony Scheben said.

“They had this on so fast, he had a heart beat again before we got there,” he said.

He gave kudos to the company for having the AED, training its employees and “not being afraid to use it.”

“I think it’s a great example of how the forward thinking of the company really benefited their employees,” said Scheben. “The need for early access to these within the first minute or two of cardiac arrest makes a difference. Having them on-site is valuable to the time … If that can be done long before we get there, the outcome is usually much better.”

Bartley says acquiring an AED is the best thing any company can do.

“It saved my life,” he said. “There’s no other way to put it. I would not be here today without that device.”

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Colleagues Save Police Chief after Boxing

Posted by cocreator on February 03, 2014
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A Columbus Police Commander is recovering after suffering a heart attack.


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It happened Wednesday at the police training academy. Officers say they had just finished boxing and returned to the classroom, when Commander Gary Dunlap fell silent.

“As soon as I got over to him, I knew it was bad,” said Lt. Mark Gardner.

Gardner and Sgt. Michael Evans immediately began CPR on Dunlap, who was in full cardiac arrest, while Commander Michael Springer made a run for the automated external defibrillator, or AED.

“I remember I opened up the box and there were pictures and I was like ‘Wow, what do I do?’ And, I saw something that looked like a rip cord, so I pulled the rip cord and the AED actually started giving directions,” said Springer.

Officers shocked the commander’s heart back to life and say in less than a minute the patient woke up. Police say within seconds medics from the Columbus Division of Fire arrived on the scene and once again defibrillated Dunlap’s heart before rushing him to the hospital.

The officers who helped save Commander Dunlap’s life say they’re relieved he survived, and grateful the AED was there in an emergency.

“It kind of just makes you take a deep breath and say wow life is precious,” said Gardner, “and it just changes on a dime.”

Dunlap’s family says his condition is improving at the hospital.

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Colleagues Save Elderly Man at Work

Posted by cocreator on December 18, 2013
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Stepping up when it matters most: one Cleveland company has a crew of lifesavers.


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Several workers at Morrison Products have been credited for helping a co-worker through a potentially fatal health scare earlier this month.

John Piller, 63, has been working at Morrison Products for more than forty years.

“All I remember, and I was told later that I was walking by my table, looked a little funny, and passed out,” Piller said.

Piller was actually at work when he had a massive heart attack on December 2, and he was grateful he was on the job.

Four co-workers came to his aid and used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to keep him alive before paramedics arrived.

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At least 25 employees at Morrison are certified in American Red Cross training for that very scenario. The company has worked with the Red Cross for the last ten years to offer the training.

“We’re here to celebrate John Piller that he is with us today,” said Harry Holmes of Morrison Products.

The factory workers gathered together on Monday to celebrate the survivor of this ordeal, but also the courageous co-workers who stepped up when it mattered most.

They were given a ‘Lifesaver’ certificate in front of the staff.

“Thank God it happened to me while I was at work,” Piller said.

After the incident, Piller spent four days at the Cleveland Clinic to recover from the cardiac arrest.

One of the rescuers spoke to FOX 8 News, Monday afternoon. “I didn’t have to think too much about what what going on. I just relied on the knowledge I already had from those classes,” said Kathy Kuhn.

“With this knowledge it makes a big difference. I think it makes you confident enough to jump into a situation where you might not do otherwise,” she added.

At Monday’s event, Red Cross workers expressed the need for more companies to take advantage of their training opportunities.

Piller is living-proof that knowledge is power. “If it would have happened anywhere else, I don’t think I would have made it,” Piller said.

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