SCA Heroes

SCA Heroes

SCAA proudly salutes the Heroes who have stepped forward to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest event.  Immediate response is the key to SCA recovery, and the stories of our SCA survivors would not be possible without the Heroes who provided emergency response by calling 9-1-1, starting CPR, and/or using an AED to save a life.

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Men put CPR skills to the test to help a stranger out

From: WECT-TV6

CPR classes are everywhere, but would you know what to do if you were put to the test? On Tuesday, two men pulled into GoGas on South 17th Street and saw something they never could have expected. A man was allegedly lying between the pump and his car, with the pump's handle still in his hand.

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Police save man’s life with defibrillator

From: Lancashire Evening Post

Brian Finnigan, 44, who lives in Coppull, near Chorley, suddenly suffered a cardiac arrest while painting the bridge at Charnock Richard motorway services. Luckily for Brian, police officers were in the right place at the right time and after discovering Brian, they performed CPR before shocking his heart with a defibrillator fitted in a police car.

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Cops, Good Samaritan Come to Aid of Man in Cardiac Arrest on Train

From: Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch

A 53-year-old man who went into cardiac arrest on a Metro-North train started breathing again after another passenger delivered CPR and officials shocked him with a defibrillator. State troopers responded at about 12:50 p.m. Sunday to the Cortlandt Train Station on Memorial Drive in Montrose.

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CPR, quick action help electrocution victim

From: Detroit Free Press

When Matthew Hobson took a CPR class as a high school sophomore in 4H, he never thought he’d wind up using what he learned in a real emergency. But the 24-year-old Ira Township man is being hailed for helping to resuscitate a 29-year-old man who was electrocuted while paving a driveway in Sterling Heights on Tuesday afternoon.

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Nurse saves Valparaiso umpire at softball nationals


...Maxey, 53, of Valparaiso, was umpiring the bases Aug. 2 at the ASA/USA 14-and-under Softball Nationals held in Normal, Ill., before fate introduced him to Liles, an ICU medical surgical nurse from Bremen, Ga. "My daughter's team had just lost," Liles said of Gabby, who plays for the Georgia Force, "but we were sticking around to watch a friend of Gabby's who plays on another team (the East Cobb, Ga. Bullets)."

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Kent Police officer helps save woman's life

From: Kent Reporter

Kent Police officer Jeff Kluzak will receive a life-saving medal next month from Chief Ken Thomas after Kluzak's recent efforts to help save the life of a 73-year-old woman who had no pulse. Kluzak, a five-year veteran with the department, responded to a 911 call early in the evening July 29 for help involving a medical incident with a Kent woman, according to a Kent Police media release.

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Friends' quick action saves S.C. man after heart attack

From: CBS News

...This past June 11 almost was [Tony's] last day. Gilliard was playing his regular weekly basketball game in a church gymnasium in Greer, S.C., when he suddenly passed out. It quickly became clear that this was a matter of life or death.

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Redmond, Bellevue first responders save missing woman

From: Redmond Reporter

Two Redmond police officers, one Bellevue police officer and Redmond fire personnel administered CPR Friday evening to save the life of a missing Bellevue woman. On Friday, the family of a 74-year-old Bellevue woman reported their mother missing to the Bellevue Police Department. Six hours later, at approximately 7:30 p.m. that evening, the woman was found disoriented by a passerby in the 14000 block of Northeast 87th Street in Redmond.

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Hudson man, 49, survives heart attack thanks to CPR

From: Hudson Hub-Times

...In June, Ganley went to his men’s over-40 softball league game feeling completely normal and ended his evening in the hospital after suffering a heart attack. An upset stomach in the seventh inning caused him to vomit, but wasn’t alarming. He decided to play catcher as a way of ‘taking it easy” for the remainder of the game. “I remember catching one pitch, and then waking up in the hospital,” recalled Ganley, who collapsed after that pitch. Later, his family and teammates told Ganley he had stopped breathing and had no pulse.

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They were strangers more than a month ago, but now three people are forever linked through the life of Ernest Smith.

From: 11

A police trooper helped save a man having a heart attack at a North Bend convenience store last Friday by using a defibrillator he kept inside his patrol car. It was just before 1 a.m. on Friday, July 19 when North Bend Police and medical personnel were at a 7-Eleven store, Officials said. State Police trooper Freddie Dunlap, a certified EMT-intermediate and Medical Responder instructor, was nearby the store when he overheard the emergency call.

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Delta employees save colleague after heart attack


David Morrison, 50, had to rely on his colleagues at Delta Air Lines to help him piece together what happened the day he suffered a heart attack...He was sitting at his desk in Delta's finance department on the morning on February 13, when he suddenly slumped over and fell to the ground.

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Local police officer saves young girl’s life with CPR

From: West Yellowstone News

The life of eight-year-old Fiona Daley was saved last week due to the speedy response of local police officer Mike Gavagan, Hebgen Basin Fire District paramedics and EMTs as well as a local woman who called 911.

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2-year-old saved from drowning at Missoula pool

From: The Missoulian

A 2-year-old girl who was floating unconscious in a Missoula swimming pool was rescued by two Corvallis brothers and a nurse who performed CPR until paramedics arrived, police said. Officers say the girl was conscious and breathing at Community Medical Center Thursday evening. A hospital spokesman on Friday said the girl's parents asked for privacy, but said she is doing well.

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Lehi firefighter gives CPR to 3-year-old found in pool

From: The Daily Herald

Parents of 3-year-old Jude Horman are calling Capt. Jake Beck a hero -- their hero. The off duty firefighter was swimming with his family at the Cranberry Farms neighborhood pool on June 13 when people started yelling, "Jake, save him." He was handed the young boy who had been found at the bottom of the pool, where he had been for 3 to 5 minutes.

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Community leader's life saved with husband's CPR training

From: WHBQ Fox 13, Memphis

"Most people take CPR classes not thinking that they'll have to use it," says Pat Scroggs, former Germantown Chamber of Commerce President. Her husband, Larry Scroggs, had to use it sooner than he thought; in November, Pat had sudden cardiac arrest.

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Bus driver revives McKinney student with CPR

from: Star Local News

School bus drivers aren't required to know CPR. Fortunately for 14-year-old Dakota, a special-needs student, her bus driver does. Driver Linda Wilson likely saved the Evans Middle School student's life last month. She performed CPR to revive an unresponsive Dakota before paramedics came and handled the rest.

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Use of CPR by Marshfield woman, others, helps save heart attack victim


The decision by a Marshfield woman to head to Silver Dollar City at the end of her children’s spring break resulted in a life-changing event for at least one person and a life-saving one for another. Going to the popular Branson attraction is a regular occurrence for Stephanie Clift, Marshfield, and her family, as they are season pass holders. But little did she know as she visited the park March 15 that she would be presented with the opportunity to save a stranger’s life.

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Kill Devil Hills police captain saves heart attack victim

From: News Channel 3

A Kill Devil Hills police captain’s quick action saved the life of a heart attack victim at a construction site. On May 28th Captain Mark Evans received a call of a man down at a home under construction on N. Virginia Dare Trail. He arrived shortly after the call went out and found a man lying in the sand. The man’s coworkers said he’d been down for 3-4 minutes

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Back from the dead, man thanks life-saving EMTs

From: The Daily News

Kristin McAdoo knows how it feels to save a life. Just don’t ask her to put it into words. “It’s an indescribable feeling,” said McAdoo, a member of Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company and an EMT for 21 years. On May 5, she was working with fellow firefighters and EMTs at a gun raffle sponsored by the fire company, when someone yelled a man needed help.

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Woman performs CPR on mother


No one thinks it's going to happen to them. You never think that someone you care about is going to collapse and you are going to have to perform CPR on them," said Laurie Langlais. Langlais was just a teenager when her loved one collapsed in front of her.

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Taunton dad tells of heroic moment he saved elderly jogger's life


A PHONE company worker put his first aid training to good use when he helped save the life of an elderly jogger who stopped breathing and had no pulse after collapsing. Richard Sellick and two colleagues administered CPR until paramedics arrived during the drama while they were working near Pendrathen, on St Mary’s, in the Isles of Scilly.

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Teen uses CPR skills to save woman in Safeway

From: Bonney Lake & Sumner Courier Herald

Safeway produce clerk Austin Bergstrom knew something was wrong with regular customer Penny Maier. “She wasn’t acting right, so I kept an eye on her,” he said. When he saw her collapse, he realized he was the only employee in the area. Fortunately, he knew what to do.

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