Sheriff's deputy revives White City resident

Quick action by a Jackson County sheriff's deputy Wednesday helped save a White City man who had stopped breathing.

An emergency call at 3:19 p.m. Wednesday from the 19000 block of Antioch Road in White City sent police and emergency medical crews rushing to the scene.

The report said a 49-year-old man at the residence, Alan Cartwright, was unconscious and not breathing, sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

Deputy Gabe Burchfiel arrived on the scene before emergency crews and quickly began CPR on the victim, Carlson said.

"The residence was a ways away, and our deputies were in a better position to arrive first," Carlson said.

Burchfiel was able to revive Cartwright, who began breathing on his own.

When medical responders arrived, they rushed Cartwright to the hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery, Carlson said.

It is unknown what sort of medical episode Cartwright experienced.

Sheriff's deputies are required to train in life-saving techniques each year, Carlson said.

"We are required to have all sworn personnel train, but we also have our non-sworn train as well," Carlson said.

The training is hosted by sheriff's employees who are certified CPR instructors, Carlson said.

"The class lasts a day, but you can see how important it is," she said.

Medford Fire-Rescue officials say the earlier the chest compressions begin, the higher the survival rate.

The key to chest compressions is to be forceful and not worry about injuring the patient's chest. Some people are hesitant to begin CPR because they are afraid of doing it incorrectly.

Medford Fire-Rescue offers free CPR classes every other month. The classes are certified by the American Heart Association, and each student will receive a CPR card upon completion of the course.

For information about the Medford Fire-Rescue community CPR classes, call 541-774-2300.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or

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