Citizens who saved a stranger's life to be honored

On Tuesday, October 16th at 5:00 PM, the Northshore Fire Department will be honoring several local citizens for their recent life-saving actions. On September 15, 2012, a man collapsed at St. Edward’s State Park. A few people nearby witnessed the collapse, went to his aid, realized that he was not breathing and had no pulse and initiated CPR. Park staff members were notified and came to their assistance with an AED (automatic external defibrillator). Their combined efforts were successful and the man is home after a short hospital stay. This is an example of a great success in many ways: a group of citizens was willing to help a stranger in need; the American Heart Association has recently been promoting “chest compressions only” CPR for a witnessed collapse (this was utilized for this event); and the proliferation of public AED’s was critical in the successful outcome of this event. All of these factors came together and resulted in the saving of a life.

The public is invited to attend the presentation of a citizen recognition award to each of the people who helped to save the life of a stranger. The man who collapsed will also be at the presentation ceremony.

The ceremony will be held at the headquarters of the Northshore Fire Department, 7220 NE 181st St., Kenmore, WA on 10/16/12 at 5:00 PM.