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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