The city of Medford Public Works employees were honored last week after they sprung to action to provide CPR to a man suffering what appeared to be a severe heart attack.
Public Works crew members Lani Sang, Nate Warner and Ryan Clark were at work on Laurel Street when they heard a cry for help from a nearby home. They quickly rushed to the house, where they found a mother unable to open the front door because her adult son had collapsed in front, suffering a heart attack.
The crew members were able to enter the home, and Clark initiated CPR on the man. All three had recently received CPR training by Medford Fire-Rescue. The CPR continued while someone called 911.
All three crew members remained on the scene until paramedics arrived.
The man had a pulse when he arrived in the emergency room, partially thanks to the work of Clark, Sang and Warner. Their actions were critical in the man's survival, the city said in a news release.
Medford Fire-Rescue Chief Dave Bierwiler said the workers did a good job beginning CPR immediately after entering the home.
"It makes such a difference in survival rates to begin CPR immediately," Bierwiler said.
The Fire Department offers life-saving training to city workers, and it plans to expand its CPR initiative in 2013, Bierwiler said.
"We want to fast-track CPR training into the community," he said. "Oftentimes, the person who requires CPR in an emergency is someone you know — it's often a loved one."
The department will begin teaching CPR to seventh-graders in each Medford school, Bierwiler said.
"It only takes an afternoon or a morning to learn CPR, but it's such a vital training to have," he said. "It is vital for us that citizens be part of the life-saving team with us."
The department plans to work with both Medford hospitals, the American Red Cross, and the American Heart Association to push as many CPR trainers into the community as possible throughout the year.
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