Marietta bicycle paramedics save man's life during 5K - CBS46 News

Marietta bicycle paramedics save man's life during 5K

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS46) -

A man is alive after paramedics on bicycles ride to his rescue just in time. The unidentified man was running the 5K Gobble Jog in Marietta on Thanksgiving morning, when he collapsed and was in sudden cardiac arrest.

Halfway through the race, Marietta firefighters Jeff Menard and Dave Hardin were standing in the crowd, part of that morning's "Bicycle Emergency Response Team" when the man fell to the ground.

The firefighters, who are also trained paramedics, said people started screaming.

"I was looking at the runner coming toward me. And he fell behind us," said Menard.

The fire department puts BERT crews into crowds at events like these so they can weave through and reach people who need help quickly while rescue trucks standby at the perimeter.

Their bicycles are fully-equipped with paramedic essentials, like automated external defibrillators, which in this man's case helped save his life by jump-starting his heart, already in arrest.

Menard said the bikes, and the portable units, are crucial in those moments when every second counts.

"It's very important because the quicker we can get there, the quicker we can start CPR, it's better for the patient in the long run," said Menard.

The paramedics said from the moment they started, the rescue truck loaded up the man and got him to the emergency room at WellStar Kennestone Hospital it was just under eight minutes. They pointed out every second counts and anyone can do it.

The AED's have easy instructions and diagrams, even prompting the person giving CPR when and if to shock the victim's heart. The portable machines can cost anywhere from $300 up to a couple of thousand dollars.

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