On Dec. 12, a man who appeared to be in his 70s collapsed just inside the library’s inner doors. Vic Nunez, librarian supervisor of Lakeland Public Library, discovered the AED was as easy to operate as its manufacturer said.
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Another library patron saw the man starting to collapse and caught him before he reached the floor. Library employees took it from there, Nunez said.
Arfinder Mitchell called 911 and stayed on the line with the dispatcher. Antwan McCroy brought Nunez the AED.
“We put the pads on and the AED told us to stand clear, administering shock 3,2,1,” Nunez recalled.
The downed man, who couldn’t be reached for comment, “came up off the floor a little and then went back down.”
The AED instructed Nunez to give CPR, telling him how many compressions to do. Once again, it told Nunez to stand clear, did its monitoring and gave the man a second shock.
By then, emergency services personnel were there to provide care.
The man survived, made it home for Christmas, and came by the library later to bring the staff a box of candy, Nunez said.