Regular blog readers know we like to celebrate the wonderful students from your ASHI and MEDIC First Aid classes, sharing their Good Samaritan stories to inspire and re-dedicate our family of Instructors to providing the best in emergency care training.
Today’s post is a reminder that our Instructors are heroes as well. Gary Chancey of the U.S. Forest Service contacted us about MEDIC First Aid Instructor and fellow Forest Service employee Mike Buchanan and how Mike was instrumental in saving a life.
During the fourth round of the PDGA Disc Golf World Championships on July 19, 2012, in Reedy Creek Park, Charlotte, North Carolina, Mike and three other contestants heard a woman yell for help. They discontinued their tournament play and ran to see what the situation was.
They discovered an unresponsive man collapsed on the walking path. When they assessed the man was not breathing, Mike and a gentleman from Texas started CPR while the other two players ran to get their phones and call 911.
A few minutes after Mike had initiated CPR, two nurses who had also been playing in the tournament arrived at the scene. The three men traded off performing compressions while one nurse maintained the airway.
CPR was conducted for approximately 18-20 minutes until Charlotte Fire Department Medics arrived. As Gary so rightly points out, “Mike was instrumental in taking the lead and helping to save a human life.”
Thanks to everyone who came to the aid of a man in need, and for giving him that second chance.