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Boy Scouts & Rangers Save 16 Year Old

Posted by cocreator on August 07, 2010
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At approximately 3:00 P.M. on Friday, July 30, 2010, a private rafting party of Boy Scouts arrived at Sheep Gulch Boat Ramp on the Snake River with a 16 year-old male in acute cardiac arrest receiving Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).


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Forest Service River Rangers, nearby commercial river guides, and party members assisted with CPR while river rangers retrieved and deployed an on-site automated external defibrillator (AED).

The use of the AED led to the victim regaining pulse and breathing at the boat ramp prior to a very prompt arrival and transport of the victim by Alpine Ambulance to Star Valley Medical Center (SVMC) where the patient was treated and later transported to Children’s’ Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The problem began when the rafting party arrived at an area often used to jump off cliffs into the Snake River. The teen complained of his heart racing just before going into a seizure. Group members immediately began CPR when needed, and quickly floated to the closest boat ramp where rangers received them while requesting an ambulance and retrieving the AED kept on-site.

A doctor on-scene, staff at SVMC, and officials at Children’s Hospital in Utah all have reported that the teen is alive with no apparent brain damage due to the quick thinking of the scouts and forest rangers to start and continue CPR, having a nearby AED and using it properly, quick medical response by nearby Alpine Ambulance, and the water temperature of the river slowing internal processes. The victim will be receiving surgery today to fix a genetic heart problem that had not been previously found.

The Snake River Management Program is believed to be the first river section to obtain, store and deploy AEDs at busy river access areas in the country. Two AED’s costing over $3,000 each were provided for use in 2001 by the Snake River Fund, a nonprofit donation collecting organization formed to help pay for basic services on the National Forest in lieu of the having to pay mandatory fees. Two additional AEDs were provided this year by the Snake River Fund working with an anonymous benefactor and friends. As a result, AEDs and backboards were stored at the closest evacuation points below two of the larger rapids during high-water season in hopes of helping the public at a critical time.

“I’d like to recognize the professionalism and huge scope of work the forest river rangers are responsible for and do an amazing job accomplishing. From working with a sometimes unfriendly public, cleaning and fixing facilities, managing and maintaining the peace at ramps, initiating search & rescue and emergency medical situations, and covering the water, banks, and nearby highway emergencies, we expect a great deal from our people, and our 2010 crew has gone above and beyond what we would call heroic,” said Jackson District Ranger, Dale Deiter. The river crew appreciates the continued help of Star Valley Search & Rescue and all bystanders including professional river guides who delayed their trips to assist in the chain of care.

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Son-in-Law & Park Rangers Save Man during Boat Trip

Posted by cocreator on November 26, 2009
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In late August, Lawless and some of his family members decided to take his birthday gift — a new boat — to Bowen’s Creek, near Philpott Lake. First, they stopped at a nearby store for fuel.

Allen Lawless the Survivor

Allen Lawless the Survivor

He continued to participate in the family outing, boating for a couple hours while eating pizza and other snacks, before heading back to the boat ramp with his wife, Barbara Lawless; daughter; son-in-law; and grandchildren.

Confronted with mechanical problems, Lawless’ son-in-law asked him to get some tools from Lawless’ truck. There, he got pliers, an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver from the tool box.

“I got about halfway back down to the boat” when he fell face-first onto the ground, said Lawless, of Ridgeway.

“My son-in-law tried to resuscitate me,” he said, but those efforts were futile as the family started asking for help.

Two park rangers, Curtis Brooks and Jordan Moore, were among the first to respond, according to Craig “Rocky” Rockwell, operations manager at Philpott Lake.

They found Lawless shaking “as if having a seizure. He had no pulse and was not breathing,” Rockwell said.

Brooks called to Semones, who radioed 911 for help. Then Brooks and Schlueter “started administering life-sustaining CPR” while Moore made sure Lawless’ head was positioned correctly, Rockwell said.

“It was 15 minutes before Bassett Rescue Squad got to me,” Lawless said.

Lawless said he was told he had “turned completely black in the face and had no heartbeat” when the rescue squad arrived.

A defibrillator was used to “shock me,” Lawless said. “They got me on the gurney and were ready to leave the parking lot when I stopped breathing again,” Lawless said he was told.

The defibrillator was used two more times before he was airlifted from Memorial Hospital in Martinsville to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Lawless said he has been told.

“It’s just by the grace of God that I’m here to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving,” Lawless said. “I thank God, my wife and sisters” and all who continued praying “I’d pull through. They never gave up on me.”

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Park Rangers Save Elderly Man in National Park

Posted by cocreator on August 18, 2009
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At 11:15 a.m. Monday morning, Aug. 10, Rocky Mountain National Park dispatch received a call from a family member of a 73-year-old man who was suffering from a possible heart attack on the Flattop Mountain Trail in the Bear Lake area.

He had briefly lost consciousness.

The patient was about two miles, at an elevation gain of 1,400 feet (10,875 feet), from the trailhead. A team of two rangers reached the trailhead at 11:44 a.m. and were on scene with the patient in less than 30 minutes.

The rangers brought an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and provided immediate care, including additional oxygen.

At 1:13 p.m. the patient went into cardiac arrest.

CPR was initiated and when the patient displayed a shockable rhythm, the AED was activated and the patient’s pulse was restored.

The patient soon regained consciousness.

A paramedic from Estes Park Medical Center arrived on scene shortly thereafter.

The patient was secured in a wheeled litter and the team began bringing him down the trail at 1:26 p.m.

He reached the trailhead at 2 p.m. and was placed in an Estes Park Medical Center ambulance, which transported him to a landing zone at Glacier Basin Campground.

At 2:26 p.m. North Colorado Med Evac flew the patient to Medical Center of the Rockies.

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