Off-Duty Firefighters Help Save Man in Cardiac Arrest

Two firefighters who happened to be working out at the gym were alerted to a man who had gone into cardiac arrest in the same building.

Posted: Jan 30, 2019 6:07 PM
Updated: Jan 31, 2019 6:19 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Some vigilant off-duty firefighters and prompt use of technology helped save the life of a man in cardiac arrest on Wednesday afternoon, according to Melissa Cano with Medford Fire-Rescue (MFR).

The man had been exercising at Court House Family Fitness Center on North Phoenix Road in Medford when he lost blood flow. Even as firefighters from the MFR firehouse rushed to the scene, people nearby the man in distress sent out a notification with the Pulse Point app.

"Fortunately, two off-duty Medford Fire-Rescue firefighters were also in the fitness center and received the Pulse Point notification," Cano said. "Within one minute, both firefighters located the patient and began CPR."

The two firefighters were able to use the gym's AED and deliver two shocks to the man — fighting to find a pulse.

"When the first Medford engine arrived roughly five minutes later, they were surprised to see members of their fire family already there, working swiftly," Cano said.

MFR reinforcements took over on CPR and used the AED once more, bringing back the man's pulse. He was put into a waiting ambulance and transported to the hospital.

"While we cannot release additional information regarding his identity, we did follow-up with Asante this afternoon and learned he is recovering," Cano said.

Medford Fire-Rescue underlined the importance of Pulse Point in helping to save lives when CPR or defibrillation are needed.

“We have had a handful of Pulse Point notifications now in which people have taken action. As a result, lives have been saved,” said Medford Fire-Rescue Chief Fish. “We encourage every member of our community to opt-in. You never know when you may be at the right place, at the right time to help improve someone’s outcome.”

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