October 10, 2012

Air National Guardsman Rescues Gym Patron with CPR

Today’s blog post comes from our Good Samaritan files. ASHI Instructor Kenneth J. Welliver shares a story of how his ASHI class on December 3, 2011 resulted in a saved life a mere four months later.

On April 7, 2012, while at Gold's Gym in Newburgh, New York, Technical Sergeant Keith Heintz (105th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard) witnessed a gentleman who was exercising suddenly collapse to the floor.

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TSgt. Heintz immediately went to his aid. After a quick assessment, he concluded the patient had stopped breathing and began CPR. An AED was summoned and 911 was notified.

With assistance from another bystander, the AED was attached to the patient, and one shock was delivered. More CPR followed and a second shock was advised. After the second shock, the patient began to breathe again. TSgt. Heintz continued to monitor the patient until the arrival of EMS and fire department resources.

The patient was transported to a local hospital where he underwent bypass surgery and has since recovered. TSgt. Heintz credits the instruction he received from attending an ASHI CPR class at Stewart ANGB for his ability to act quickly and with confidence in this life-threatening emergency.

Thank you, Kenneth, for sharing this moving story with us. As busy Instructors and training industry professionals, sometimes we can get lost in the everyday tasks of simply running our Training Centers and getting our students through certification. But no matter how many Good Sam stories cross my desk in a week, I always find each one inspiring, as they re-motivate me to do everything I can to help you make learning to saves lives easy.

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