Grants Pass citizens will be recognized for life-saving CPR during medical emergency

Six people stepped up to help until firefighters and paramedics arrived, the Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety said.

Posted: Dec 4, 2019 12:16 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Six members of the local community will be recognized for their quick actions in Grants Pass on September 23, when they stepped in and gave CPR to a man who went into cardiac arrest on a soccer field.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) says that 911 received a call for an emergency at Reinhart Volunteer Park soccer Field on that day. The caller said that a man had fallen unconscious and slipped out of his chair — he went into cardiac arrest, his heart no longer beating.

According to the agency, six people came to the man's aid, performing CPR until firefighters and paramedics could arrive on the scene.

"Due to the quick action of these individuals, emergency crews were able to restore a heartbeat, and he is alive and recovering today," GPDPS said.

"Your fire department, ambulance service, and police department are poised to respond quickly to a cardiac arrest event," the agency continued. "However, early CPR buys time until advanced life support crews arrive on scene. CPR is a simple, yet very important lifesaving skill that anyone can learn. The life you save may even be that of a loved one."

The ceremony is set to take place on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. GPDPS and American Medical Response will be recognizing the six people who helped to save another man's life at the Parkway Public Safety Center on 800 E Park Street in Grants Pass.

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