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Diners & Cops Save Man in Restaurant

Posted by cocreator on September 13, 2010
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65-year-old Silverthorne resident Jim Phillips and his wife, Kay, were taking a couple friends out for dinner July 26.


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The group was snacking on guacamole at a table near the bar at about 5:30 p.m. when one of their friends noticed Jim’s “color was awful,” Kay Phillips said. His eyes were closed and mouth was open.

She gripped his arm to keep him from falling off the chair.

“He was just total dead weight,” she said.

Jim Phillips was experiencing cardiac arrest.

Jim Phillips the Survivor

Local Dr. Heidi Worth was in the restaurant and immediately started CPR with the help of other medical professionals who happened to be there.

Frisco police officers arrived with the automatic external defibrillator, which is deployed in squad cars across the county through a federal program.

Summit County Ambulance Service medics and firefighters with Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue arrived moments later. The ambulance people worked with Jim on the scene for 31 minutes before taking him to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco.

He was later flown to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, where two stents were inserted into the artery that had been blocked.

Jim Phillips doesn’t recall much of the experience beyond taking his seat at the restaurant.

“The chairs were high. I just let (my shoes) drop,” he said. “And that was it.”

Phillips returned to the restaurant Thursday with one of the automated defibrillators that helped save his life. He also shared a table with the first responders. Thursday’s reunion included people from the fire district and ambulance service, and the medical professionals who were on the scene during the incident.

Phillips donated a defibrillator to the restaurant through his employer, Silver Springs Citrus of Florida, after hearing about a cardiac arrest victim elsewhere who wasn’t so fortunate.

“If it helps somebody, then great,” he said.

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Cop & Bystanders Save Man in Eatery

Posted by cocreator on July 11, 2009
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At 12:48 p.m. Wednesday, a 911 called reported an unconscious person at the Pickwick Restaurant, 1 S. Prospect Ave., in Park Ridge, according to a release from Park Ridge police.

Lars Larsen the Survivor and His Saviours

Lars Larsen the Survivor and His Saviours

Emergency crews responded including Officer David Cacioppo who came into the eatery with his automated external defibrillator.

Inside, a 51-year-old man was on the floor in full cardiac arrest with two bystanders performing CPR, according to the release.

“When I walked in, I had them continue CPR, then I put the pads on and got the AED ready,” Cacioppo said, who has been certified in CPR and in the use of AED since 2001.

Once it recommended a shock, I made sure no one was touching the gentleman, and I then I shocked him. Then I continued with chest compressions.” Cacioppo said.

After it was determined no further shocks were needed, Cacioppo began to perform chest compressions on the man as paramedics from the Park Ridge Fire Department arrived, according to the release.

Cacioppo, along with officer Karen Suarez, assisted the paramedics, who took the man to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was in “stable’ condition in the intensive care unit late Thursday, according to the release.

Jeanne Orlowski, a Pickwick waitress, identified the man as Lars Larsen, someone she called “our ultimate regular customer” due to his frequent dining at the restaurant.

“There was a great effort put forward by everybody, from the people administering CPR prior to me getting there, to my part, to the Fire Department taking over at that point, all the way to the staff at the ER and what they had to do to stabilize the gentleman,” Cacioppo said. “It was a good outcome based on the fact that everything was in place from the start.”

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