Heart attack victim thanks bystanders, defibrillator for saving his life

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM.

Jason Morand, a firefighter/paramedic with the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department, responded to the call.

"We pretty much found him lying on the floor with a bystander doing CPR," he said. "He didn’t have a pulse. We took over CPR. We put him on the monitor, got him on the ambulance. That’s when we started doing all the other interventions. That one time was the only time he was shocked. I’m 100 percent sure that’s what saved his life."

It’s the second time that the wall-mounted box has been brought out to save a life at the senior center. Other AEDs are kept at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center and the Havelock Recreation Department. Eight units were recently placed in Havelock Police Department patrol cars.

The paramedics say that the initial minutes following a heart attack are crucial. If the victim doesn’t get oxygen, they begin to die.

"All your organs start shutting down, one by one," Morand said. "You start losing oxygen to your brain so you develop brain damage. Your heart tissue starts dying off."

Morand and fellow firefighter/paramedic Scott Dorsett were the first to arrive and found Hess performing CPR on the victim.

"He wasn’t in the best shape. I’m really glad that we have the AEDs in the city. That saved his life," Dorsett said. "At the fire and rescue department, we’re just so excited that we can be involved with that because it’s a little bit more of an outreach. We get to interact with people and train them with the AEDs. We just placed AEDs in most of the cop cars and trained the police officers how to use them. We’re just so excited to be more involved in emergency medicine in the community."

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