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Bus Drivers Resuscitate Passenger with CPR

Wright and KerrWhen you hear a story like this, it serves as a reminder that learning CPR is not only a great thing to do, but could mean the world of difference to someone when you least expect it.  In this case, it was Joyce Gregory, 60, who is alive today thanks to the efforts of two bus drivers.

Driver Debby Kerr had just stepped off of the bus momentarily when she heard Joyce Gregory yell from on board, “I need help.  My heart.  My heart.”  That’s when Kerr sprang into action.  She quickly contacted her dispatcher to get emergency response, and went back to check on Gregory.  “Her eyes were already rolling back and her head was dropping.  I knew this lady was in trouble right then and there,” Kerr said.

A mentally challenged man, who is a regular rider, helped her keep Gregory from falling into the aisle, but soon realized that she was going to need more help until medical responders arrived.  She knew that Coach Operator Donna Wright would be arriving shortly on her bus route, momentarily, and dispatched an oncoming passenger to summon Wright.


Make sure the scene is safe!

A few days ago, a co-worker of mine shared a story with me from the Los Angels Times about at least half a dozen people who were electrocuted while trying to save a young man’s life; two women even died.

The young man, a 19 year old from Glendale, CA, hit a fire-hydrant, causing water to flood the area. To make matters worse, during his crash, a lamp post was also knocked over, which caused all the water to be flowing with an electric current.

Multiple people ran up to help after they saw the accident, but they didn’t stop to check to make sure the scene was safe, and as one after the other stepped into the water, they were all electrocuted.

Read more here about this tragic story.

I think it’s important to quote what Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. He “called the two women heroes and praised their instinct to render aid. But he also urged people to take time to assess such situations and wait for professionals to arrive. ‘We don’t want anyone hurt,’ he said.” (via Sam Quinones and Rebecca Trounson.)

It’s ALWAYS important, no matter how much you want to help, to make sure that the scene is SAFE before you jump at a chance to help. You can still have care and concern for the person and for the situation, but sometimes, the wisest thing to do is call 911 and wait for the emergency responders to arrive.

If the scene is safe, go ahead and help someone. But ALWAYS remember to check the scene first before rushing headlong into a tragedy.


CPR in Sports: Baseball Umpire Saves Employee

Jim Joyce, a veteran baseball umpire, had no idea what was in store for him when he was getting ready for a game between the Marlins and Diamondbacks in Arizona on Monday night.

According to an article by Scott Miller, Joyce was walking out of his dressing room when he saw a game-day Diamondback employee having a seizure. He knew that he needed to keep her head protected, so he did, but once she went unconscious, he knew he needed to do more.

He had learned CPR in high school, and had used it before, so he knew what to do.

He began doing 30 compressions and two breaths, 30 compressions two breaths, 30 compressions two breaths, until the paramedics arrived with an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). But even after the initial shock of the defibrillator, the woman still did not regain consciousness.

So Joyce continued, 30 compressions and two breaths, 30 compressions and two breaths.

After another shock from the defibrillator, the woman started breathing again and the paramedics were able to rush her to the hospital where they were able to stabilize her.

“This is something everybody should know.” Joyce commented after the event. “Everybody should know what to do in a circumstance like that. It’s not a hard thing. You don’t need a degree. It’s very simple, and very easy.”

To learn CPR, visit to get started. So that, just like Jim Joyce, you can be ready to save a life at a moment’s notice.

Police Officer saves Woman with CPR

At 2:30 in the morning, 72-year-old grandmother Sonja Hutchison decided to wake up her daughter, Billee Foster.  “I had just woke up, and I hurt so bad,” said Hutchison.  A quick online search revealed that her mother had classic symptoms of a heart attack.  “I said, ‘I think I’m going to call 911′, and she said, ‘Why?’ and I said ‘I think you’re having a heart attack,'” said Foster.

Police Officer Josh Dreher arrived in less than two minutes, and was standing next to Hutchison when her heart stopped. “She died right in front of me,” said Dreher.

But Dreher is also a certified EMT and a CPR instructor for the American Heart Association.  “If you can start CPR within 5 minutes of cardiac arrest, your chances of survival increase significantly,” he said.


Firefighters perform CPR in Dog Rescue

Coda, a seven year old yellow Labrador retriever, was found sitting in a rocking chair in the room that the firefighters believe the fire started.  The dog had become trapped in the room during a house fire.

Firefighters arrived shortly after being notified of the fire, and were able to locate the dog, and carried him outside where they began mouth-to-nose (or mouth-to-snout) artificial respiration.  They placed an oxygen mask over the dog’s nose and washed some of the soot from his fur.

Firefighters Jamie Giese and Jared Thompson both said they have no formal training in animal rescue.  “It was all improvised,” Giese said.

Thompson said he remembered a few tips from the former reality television show “Rescue 911.”

Coda was taken to VCA Companion Care Animal Hospital in Wausau, and later transported to an animal hospital in Mosinee for an overnight stay to recuperate, Todd Borchardt said Tuesday night.

See photos and read the whole story.

Santa Cruz student suffers Cardiac Arrest in PE Class

A student from Harbor High School went into cardiac arrest during his physical education class on Wednesday morning.

The students were jogging when the incident happened.  It was shortly after they had begun when the student fell to the ground.  Fellow students called out for the teacher, Bassel Faltas, who ran about 100 yards to the scene.  He also called 911 from his cell phone on the way.  By the time he reached the boy, he was still breathing, but later stopped.  The teacher began CPR before the paramedics arrived.

The student was taken to Dominican Hospital, and flown from there to Sanford University Medical Center, where he remains hospitalized.

The school has offered counseling to the students to discuss any of their concerns.

Things like this really reinforce the importance of students learning CPR in high school.


Fan at Notre Dame football game saved by quick use of CPR and AED

When I was at the dentist, I heard an amazing story that I somehow missed over the weekend about a rescue at a football game.  He was at the game between Michigan and Notre Dame when he suffered a heart attack during the second quarter, while at Michigan Stadium.  He was visiting Ann Arbor with his three sons, who are aged 45, 48 and 50.  My dentist knows of the sons.

Lee Staudacher, a 69-year-old from Bay City, Michigan, was enjoying the game when his heart suddenly stopped.  There was a dentist nearby that started CPR while others contacted emergency services.  The CPR was prompt, increasing his chances of survival greatly, and there was an on-site AED (Automated External Defibrillator) that was also put to use.

His family stayed nearby and watched while they shocked him with the paddles, and the prompt CPR was a key component in saving his life.  The medical team took him to the University of Michigan Health System’s Cardiovascular Center for treatment.  He didn’t miss the end of the game, as he was able to watch part of the fourth quarter while in an intensive care unit bed.

He’s a Notre Dame fan, but had a great time watching the game between these two old rivals, even though Michigan pulled off a 35-31 victory.  He wants to put the focus on the knowledge of CPR and the quick access of the AED that saved his life, however.

Grandma rescues Toddler thanks to Alert from Child with Downs Syndrome

In a situation that could have ended in tragedy, a two year old’s life was saved.  A ten year old girl named Annie, who has Downs Syndrome, recognized that the two year old child was in trouble, having fallen into the pool, and told twelve year old Sophia.  Sophia alerted her grandmother Lianne who jumped in and rescued the child using CPR.

“I put him on the ground, and I began CPR. And then he began to gurgle. And when he finally began to gurgle, I rolled him over, tried to get the water out of his lungs,” Lianne Azevedo said. The EMT’s praised Lianne for her fast action that saved the little boy’s life. Little Brady Dones was awake and alert when he went to the hospital, and he’s expected to be okay.

Grandma’s CPR revives drowning toddler:

Dad learns CPR and saves Son only 11 days later

In another story that should prove to be a good reason for anyone to learn CPR, a man from Lowell, Michigan recently learned CPR and only eleven days after his class he was forced to use it in a real-life situation – on his son. Logan, 4, was over at a neighbors, and fell out of his tube into the pool. He was underwater for about a minute before being scooped out of the pool by a nearby adult. His father heard a scream and Logan’s name, and that’s all he needed to hear before he sprang into action to save his son.


Man saves Puppy with CPR

A man from Oklahoma has rescued a puppy with CPR.  This is a trend that seems to be growing as more and more people are taking to doing CPR to rescue their pets.

Chester is a twelve week old puppy, and his owner found him under the water in his pool – not moving.  He ran to the pool, got Chester out and began CPR, administering mouth to snout rescue breaths and some chest compressions.  They managed to bring him back, and took him to the vet where he spent a night in the ER.  He came home the next day as good as new.