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Staff Save Judge in Court

Posted by cocreator on December 12, 2013
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61st District Court Judge Benjamin Logan is undergoing tests to determine the extent of the damage done by the heart attack the long-serving jurist suffered this week.


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Logan was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after suffering that heart attack in his courtroom.

The ability to save lives in the event of a heart attack at the first sign of distress has increased dramatically in the last decade, thanks in part to automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

Surprisingly, there is only one AED for the entire 12-story Grand Rapids courthouse. But that number doesn’t tell the entire story.

The Kent County sheriff’s deputies who handle security at the courthouse began CPR — the most critical life-saving step — on Logan almost immediately.

They also called for the courthouse’s lone AED, which is kept in a locked room on the first floor of the building.

“We know that we have staff there that can grab it. There’s always staff there. That’s one thing that’s good. The other thing is they know where they’re going,” Kent County Under Sheriff Jon Hess explained.

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Cops Save Man in Courthouse

Posted by cocreator on January 18, 2012
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Sgt. Joe Allen was at the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse on December 7. After hearing someone yell “Call 911!” he found an unresponsive man on the floor. Never missing a beat, Sgt. Allen used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the man, and performed CPR.


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Sgt. Allen was at the courthouse for a jury trial. But when a man fell to the ground near the Palm Street entrance of the building, Allen’s plans took a detour.

“I was the first person to attend to him. I went over, checked his pulse. He was still breathing, shallow but breathing. It felt like he still had a pulse so I didn’t try any emergency menouvers aside from telling someone to go get an AED.” said Sgt. Allen.

It was a life saving decision on the part of Sgt. Allen. And for the man whose life was saved, he is truly lucky it was Allen on scene. Sgt. Allen is responsible for establishing Atascadero Police Department’s AED program in 2010. He is charge of getting every officer on streeet, trained on the device.

“I’m very happy that I was in the right place at the right time.” Sgt. Allen said modestly.

Both Sgt. Allen, and Anthony, the security guard that ran to grab the AED, are humble about the heroic actions.

“Its not a matter that I was part of it, it’s a matter that everyone around me did a great job. Keeping him alive.” said Anthony.

Anthony and Sgt. Allen hope this close call, serves as a reminder to other people, the importance of AEDs.

“They’re very easy to use, user friendly. You don’t need specified training in order to use a device.” said Allen.

“Just go for it. Do your best to save the person’s life.” said Anthony.

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Wife & Cops Save Man in Courtroom

Posted by cocreator on November 20, 2010
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One moment Dan Mauger was showing a prosecutor the location where a contractor allegedly didn’t complete the construction he had been hired to finish. The next moment was blackness, with scattered images of Cherry Hill police officers yelling his name.


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Three days later Mauger woke up in a bed in Kennedy Hospital, recovering from a massive heart attack he suffered on July 26 in the Cherry Hill municipal courtroom. Without the help of several police officers who quickly rushed to his side, Mauger said he wouldn’t be alive.

“I was speaking to the prosecutor, and I came around the desk and showed him what the contractor had done incorrectly. When I walked around the desk I remember nothing. They said I just dropped and started convulsing. I remember blackness that was it. To me, I thought I was only out 10 minutes, but I was really in the intensive care unit of Kennedy for two-and-a-half days. I felt horribly for my wife,” Mauger said. “I remember waking up and my wife telling me that they were going to take me to Lourdes to do heart surgery.”

As his wife Mary of 28 years watched on and used her medical training as a nurse to assist where she could, the police officers administered CPR to Mauger after it was determined he no longer had a pulse. After several minutes of CPR an automated external defibrillator was used to bring a pulse back to his body.

After 45 minutes of stabilizing Mauger in the courtroom, he was deemed safe to transport to Kennedy Hospital. While transporting him to the hospital the first responders had to use the AED on Mauger again.

After nearly three days he was transported to Our Lady of Lourdes where a triple bypass was performed.

Without the help of the police officers and their training, Mary said Dan would not be alive today. The officers were fantastic, she said, travelling to Kennedy with her and Dan and helping in any way they possibly could.

“He was basically dead on the courtroom floor,” she said. “He didn’t regain consciousness until we got to the hospital and the police officers stayed with us at the hospital until he did. They were great.”

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2 Cops Save a 3rd at Courthouse

Posted by cocreator on November 16, 2010
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Deputies Anthony Fratto and Scott McCarthy were in the family court building across the street about 11 a.m. Monday when an emergency call went out for an officer down in the stairwell of the courthouse.


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The two men grabbed medical gear from the family court building and ran over. They found the 43-year-old McKeesport officer on the landing between the first and second floors.

He had a bloody gash in the back of his head; he had no pulse and was not breathing, Deputy Fratto said.

“He had real poor color,” he said.

The men started CPR immediately, with Deputy Fratto ventilating and Deputy McCarthy performing compressions.

Anthony Fratto & Scott McCathy the Saviours

Within a few minutes, another deputy brought an automated external defibrillator to the scene, and Deputy Fratto used it on the officer.

“He actually started coming around,” Deputy Fratto said. “He was pinking up.”

By the time medics got on scene, the officer again had a pulse and was breathing. He even tried to fight the medics to take his oxygen mask off.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was in stable condition at UPMC Mercy, said Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen.

The officer was dressed in a jacket and tie and was only identified as law enforcement because he was wearing an empty holster.

He had been on the fifth floor of the courthouse on an assault case, and had to leave, Sheriff Mullen said, when he started sweating profusely.

The defibrillator used by the sheriff’s deputies was bought with a grant about two years ago.

Deputy Fratto, who has been with the sheriff’s office 11 years, was a paramedic for eight years and teaches an emergency responder class at the Allegheny County police training academy.

“We’re real happy with how the situation ended up,” he said. “It makes the day a little better.”

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Court Officers Save Man in Carpark Lot

Posted by cocreator on April 30, 2010
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District Court Officer Richard Fielding dashed out of the court foyer and around to the Washington Street parking lot where he found a woman crying over Travis Buckless, 25, who lay sprawled and unconscious on the asphalt.


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“He was not breathing and turning blue. I thought he was dead,” said Fielding, who immediately began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Buckless.

Richard Fielding (right) the Saviour

Richard Fielding (right) the Saviour

Court officers Joseph Piknick and Susan Ruiz quickly joined Fielding and prepared to use defibrillator equipment to revive Buckless.

Chief Court Officer John Nerich also ran to the lot and used an “ambu” breathing aid device on Buckless.

“We continued with CPR until Lynn Fire and Rescue came,” Fielding said.

As he walked off to an ambulance for a precautionary trip to the hospital, a firefighter pointed to Fielding and told Buckless, “You should thank that guy.” Buckless obliged.

Fielding, a nine-year court security veteran with six years service in Lynn, discounted his role in the rescue, preferring to credit co-workers.

“It was a team effort.”

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