We will be reporting on lives saved around the world since our first documented life saved here in Singapore.Officers Stan Bruno and Manuel Ruiz were on routine patrol when they got a dispatch at 9:43 a.m. to help paramedics dealing with an unconscious 54-year-old man. When they arrived at the station, they saw that paramedics had yet to arrive, so they got the defibrillator from their squad car and brought it to the platform.
The officers placed the device on the man. When it told them he needed to be shocked, they charged the device and administered two charges.
“The second shock converted the man’s heart to normal sinus rhythm,” Deputy Fire Chief Mark Pugnaitis said.
When the paramedics arrived, they stabilized the man and took him to West Suburban Hospital, where is reportedly doing well and is expected to recover.
“If the patient didn’t get electric stimulation to his heart muscle within five to 10 minutes, he would have died,” he said, noting that when a heart flatlines, there’s a 1 percent chance of survival.