Bystanders Save Man in Vehicle in Driveway

Posted by cocreator on December 03, 2013
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Doctors still can’t explain how a 37-year-old Boulder man survived after his heart stopped for nearly 15 minutes in August.

Somerset McCarty was about to turn out of his driveway at 7:44 a.m. the morning of Aug. 5 when, without any warning, he went into cardiac arrest.

“Essentially, I died,” Somerset said.

Slumped over his steering wheel half-way out of his driveway, one passerby called 911 and kept driving.

Bart McCoy also saw Somerset while driving by that morning. He kept going but quickly turned around.

“I had a tug in my heart that said ‘go back, there’s something wrong,'” Bart said.

With the help of a bicyclist who also stopped, he pulled lifeless Somerset from the truck.

He was extremely pale, with blue lips and no heartbeat or pulse. Bart immediately began performing CPR.

“I was praying out loud while I was doing CPR,” Bart said. “I said ‘God, if this man has a mission – bring him back. But if you want him to go, let him go.'” Six minutes later, help arrived.

Responding paramedics had trouble restarting Somerset’s heart. They shocked him twice, with no response. When they gave him a shot of epinephrine and shocked him a third time, his heart finally started to beat.

By this time, Somerset had been without a pulse for 13 minutes and 44 seconds, according to police reports.

Doctors say he should have suffered massive brain damage after 5 minutes.

Somerset was rushed to the Boulder Community Hospital, where cardiologist Dr. Jamie Doucet and his team tended to him. Doucet placed him in a medically induced coma for three days. He was also given hypothermic treatment to prevent further brain damage.

Right before waking up in the ICU, Somerset said he received a message from his brother who died six years earlier.

“Somerset, this is your time,” he said his brother told him. “Enjoy your life, you have a lot to look to forward to.”

He woke up from his coma and had a defibrillator placed in his heart.

On Aug, 11, Somerset walked out of the hospital with no signs of brain damage.

He was supposed to meet up with the man who helped save in life in September, but the devastating floods hit the weekend of the reunion. Somerset instead spent his time frantically pumping water out of the basement of his Boulder Creek home.

Still wanting to meet his Good Samaritan, Somerset devised a way to give back to the person who saved him.

“I’m thankful for Bart,” he said. And what better way to show that thanks than on the week of the holiday dictated to that feeling.

So Somerset, who installs lights, went down to Bart’s Parker home to install his Christmas lights for the holiday season.

“It was beautiful,” Bart said of the display.

Bart still maintains he only did what anyone else would have done that day back in August.

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Firefighters Save Driver during Vehicle Fire

Posted by cocreator on November 11, 2012
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Lifesaving firefighters will be honoured for rescuing a lorry driver who went into cardiac arrest after his vehicle caught fire.

The brave pair put their own lives at risk from motorway traffic to reach the man whose lorry was alight on the M20.

When he dropped to the floor after suffering a cardiac arrest, the firefighters carried out CPR and used a defibrillator to resuscitate him, saving his life.

Mr Eden was still in the process of becoming a fully trained firefighter and Mr Pattinson had just completed a first-aid refresher course.

They will be presented with awards for their prompt selfless action by the assistant chief ambulance officer at the SADS event on Saturday held in London and attended by emergency personnel.

They have already received certificates of commendation from Kent Fire and Rescue Service chief executive Ann Millington and fire authority chairman Bryan Cope for saving lives and helping the community.

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Nurse & Cops Save Driver after Traffic Accident

Posted by cocreator on October 29, 2012
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A Grafton man is alive today thanks to the efforts of a Cobourg police officer and two other good samaritans.

Police say on Oct. 14 at 7:25 p.m., officers responded to a single-vehicle collision at Grace Christian Reform Church on King Street East.

According to police, a pickup truck struck one of the brick pillars supporting a covered drive-through. When a couple of people from inside the church came outside to investigate the crash, the driver was conscious.

However, when the driver was removed from the truck and placed on the ground, he started to have trouble breathing. A registered nurse and an off-duty court security officer began administering CPR and within a minute, Cobourg police arrived.

An officer immediately took an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the trunk of the police cruiser and prepared it for use on the driver. The AED quickly delivered a shock and CPR was continued by police until fire and ambulance personnel arrived.

The man eventually began to breathe on his own and was transported to hospital by ambulance.

Police say it is believed the quick work of all involved was the reason the 50-year-old driver from Grafton survived. It is also believed it is the first time Cobourg police have had to deploy the use of a defibrillator.

All Cobourg police marked cruisers have an AED in the trunk and all officers are trained to use them.

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Bystanders & Cops Save Elderly Driver on Highway

Posted by cocreator on November 08, 2011
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Call it a twist of fate.

Victor Giesbrecht, 61, of Winnipeg, stopped his pickup along an interstate highway in western Wisconsin to help two stranded women change a flat tire. Minutes later, his life was in their hands.

Sara Berg, of Eau Claire, Wis., and her cousin, Lisa Meier, were headed home Saturday night on Interstate 94 when they “heard an awful noise.” They were somewhere between Menomonie and Eau Claire when they pulled to the side of the road with a flat tire — something neither knew how to fix. Meier’s husband was on his way to help when Giesbrecht, who was driving by with his wife, Ann, showed up and asked whether they needed help.

“We were so grateful,” Berg said. “Nowadays, nobody ever really stops to offer their help. It’s kind of scary sometimes, because you really don’t know what you’re getting into.”

Giesbrecht is the type who always wants to stop to help a stranded motorist, his wife said. “He’s the type of person who gives you 100 percent and worries about himself later,” she said.

When Giesbrecht finished, Berg thanked him and they shook hands. Berg recalled Giesbrecht’s farewell words to her: “Someone up above put me in the right place at the right time.'”

And then they parted. Giesbrecht and his wife pulled back onto the interstate. Seconds later, Berg followed.

Less than a quarter mile down the road, Berg noticed Giesbrecht’s red truck pulled over. She passed it and then pulled over herself, figuring the couple may have forgotten something.

No sooner had she gotten out of her car when she saw Giesbrecht’s wife waving frantically at passing motorists.

When she saw Berg, she called out: “I think he’s having a heart attack.”

Berg, a certified nursing assistant trained in CPR, jumped into the truck. Giesbrecht had no pulse and wasn’t breathing. Berg began chest compressions. Meier called 911.

Emergency personnel arrived in about five minutes, “but it always feels like forever at a time like that,” Berg said.

Wisconsin state trooper Kate Sampson arrived first, and gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while Berg continued the chest compressions. When two Dunn County sheriff’s deputies arrived, they helped move Giesbrecht out of the truck and to the shoulder, using the vehicle as a buffer from passing traffic. Sampson, along with Meier’s husband, who had just arrived, and the deputy resumed CPR while the second deputy used an automated external defibrillator to deliver shocks to his heart.

“It was a nice twist of fate,” said Fernandes, who is treating Giesbrecht at the Eau Claire hospital. “We know for sure that the CPR the woman did increased his chances for survival.”

Berg pointed out that it was a team effort by several people.

The last few days have been a bit emotional for her and her cousin.

“We both have felt kind of guilty that having helped us caused his health issue,” Berg said. “But people keep telling us that maybe it put us in the right place at the right time when he was going to need help.”

Ann Giesbrecht, who was also part of her husband’s good luck when she guided their vehicle to the shoulder during his heart attack, is grateful. According to a statement issued by Mayo Clinic Health System, she talked to Berg on Sunday and told her, “You actually saved his life.”

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Cops & Bystander Save Elderly Driver on Freeway

Posted by cocreator on October 24, 2011
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Everyone else already was there when she walked in for roll call Wednesday evening.

Not only was Bolingbrook Officer Regalado late, one of her boots was caked with mud.

I wasn’t there, but I’m sure one of the cops teased that she’d better have a good excuse.

Seems like she did.

State police report that Regalado — whose first name is not being released — was driving her own car to work on Interstate 355 near Route 6 when a blue minivan behind her veered across the road, into a ditch and up the embankment.

Knowing something was wrong, Regalado stopped and returned to find the elderly driver slumped behind the wheel of the locked van.

She called 911 but handed the ringing phone to another man who had stopped to help and had him relay information to the emergency dispatcher as she tried to open the door.

All the doors were locked, so she told another passerby to get her riot baton from her trunk.

That man got the thrill of using police equipment to break the passenger side window while Regalado unlocked the doors.

As the two men pulled the man onto some nearby grass, the officer ran to get the CPR mouth shield from her work bag.

“The victim did not have a pulse that either she or the other man who knew CPR could feel,” reports said. “He was unconscious, unresponsive and his lips and mouth were starting to turn blue.”

They continued CPR until a state trooper arrived.

Regalado asked the trooper if he was carrying a portable defibrillator in his cruiser and told him to get it.

“At that time (I) applied the patches on the designated areas on the victim … plugged in the cord to the pads and hit the button to begin,” she reported. The device was able to steady the rhythm of the senior’s heart.

An ambulance took the victim to Silver Cross Hospital where he was listed in stable condition after suffering a heart attack, reports said.

Regalado returned to her car and drove to Bolingbrook.

“(I) contacted the sergeant’s desk to advise him of the situation and (that I) may be slightly late to work,” she said.

She’ll be written up for it.

But it’ll be a commendation.

“The department is very proud of Officer Regalado’s heroic response. It is obvious her training and experience played a great role in possibily saving this victim’s life. We commend her for her efforts,” Lt. Mike Rompa said.

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