Office Staff Save Colleage at Work

Posted by cocreator on December 03, 2009
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Monday morning, Nov. 2, got off to a frightening start at the Tucson office of worldwide engineering firm Aker Solutions.

Aker Solutions Staff the Saviours

Aker Solutions Staff the Saviours

Employee Chuck Musarra collapsed in his cubicle on the fifth floor, a victim of cardiac arrest.

Fortunately, there was an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the office and Musarra’s colleagues knew how to use it. They sprang into action.

Emergency Medical Services were summoned via a 911 phone call by Julie Norminton and Stacy Miller.

Nelson Leidenz initiated CPR and was relieved by Viral Doshi while Rene Nocos retrieved the AED.

Marc Gomez, Bob Hayes and Dan Warter arrived at Chuck’s cubicle. Marc Gomez began deploying the AED. Bob Hayes and Dan Warter opened Chuck’s shirt and applied the AED pads to Chuck’s chest.

The AED began analyzing the heart rhythm and advised to stay clear and then proceeded to deliver the first shock. Bob Hayes resumed compressions and Dan Warter began working airway management. The AED again analyzed the heart rhythm and delivered the second shock. Again, Bob Hayes resumed compressions and Dan Warter was working on managing the airway.

Tuscon Fire Department emergency services team arrived and transported Musarra to the hospital, where he was conscious on arrival. He underwent triple bypass surgery later that day, and is now recovering.

His colleagues at Aker Solutions are thrilled with the news—and the knowledge that, working together, with CPR and an AED, they saved a friend’s life.

“We had three or four people working CPR at different times, and at least a couple with the AED, plus a couple for some cool, calm thinking that made a difference,” Worter told us. “It was a group effort.”

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Colleague & Patient Save Doctor in Clinic

Posted by cocreator on February 06, 2009
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We will be reporting on lives saved around the world since our first documented life saved here in Singapore.

February 27, 2008, Dr. Cheri Olson’s heart suddenly stopped beating. The quick reactions of those around her and help from an AED saved her life.


Since going into sudden cardiac arrest, Doctor Olson has made some lifestyle changes. She uses her own story to remind others the importance of cardiac health.

“When you realize your heart stops, you’ve only got one of them, and you want to take care of your heart so that you can live a good, long life,” said Olson.

Doctor Olson has since received an internal pacemaker defibrillator which acts as a safety measure in case her heart were to stop again.

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Colleagues, Cops & Paramedic Save Man at Work

Posted by cocreator on November 07, 2008
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We will be reporting on lives saved around the world since our first documented life saved here in Singapore.A man walked into the State Police ground-floor office and told Sgt. Bruce Hay that a man had collapsed and was not breathing.

“Get the AED,” Hay shouted to his colleague, Sgt. Eric Fowlkes, who retrieved the device, called an automatic external defibrillator.

Jerome Loncosky, 77, is an officer with the state chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, who collapsed in his office on West Hanover Street.

Hay got to Loncosky first, on the fourth floor, and found coworkers doing CPR. Hay relieved them and first took a check of Loncos ky’s vital signs. He had no pulse and wasn’t breathing. So Hay, with coworker Donald Scholtes, started the CPR again. When Fowlkes arrived with Sgt. Darryl Humphrey, it became a team effort and they hooked up the device to Loncosky’s chest.

The machine — which speaks to the user — delivered one shock, then a second, as emergency responders started to arrive. They included Trenton EMS, Trenton Fire Engine Co. 10, who are also medical first responders, and the county paramedic crew of Mike Mooney and Kimberly Denelsbeck. As Mooney and Denelsbeck took control of the scene, just after the second shock, their own monitors showed Loncosky had re gained a pulse and was starting to breathe on his own.

Hay, a 16-year trooper and Fowlkes, a 20-year veteran, said they’d never had to use the AED, but train on it regularly. And they do not consider themselves heroes. “It could have been any one of us,” Hay said.

Loncosky, of Allentown, remained in critical condition at Capital Health System at Mercer hospital yesterday. Fowlkes added a personal touch and checked on Loncosky at Mercer hospital, where he met with his daughter and received the best accolade, he said, a personal thank you.

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