Christopher Irwin is feeling pretty good because he saved someone's life. Rather than go home at the end of his shift last week, the Dunwoody police officer decided to take one more call.
"The call came out as CPR in progress. Once I arrived, I grabbed my AED out of my trunk and ran up to the 10th floor along with some bystanders who were flagging me down, showing me where to go," said Irwin.
Irwin took over CPR from a bystander and then used his automated external defibrillator or AED. The machines shock patients to get their hearts started again.
"There is a little green button you push and it walks you through how to use it. There are pictures and it is pretty simple to use. Somebody with no training can use it," Irwin said.
Irwin was eventually joined by DeKalb County firefighters. They teamed up to stabilize the victim.
"Without the teamwork of everybody and the fact that I had the piece of equipment that I needed, I don't think he would have made it," Irwin said.
The 55-year-old man was rushed to the hospital. Irwin said it appears the man will be OK.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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