Posted at: 11/30/2012 6:49 PM
By: Brittany Lewis
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A call of chest pain turned into cardiac arrest, but quick thinking by an Olmsted County Deputy helped turn a scary situation into a life-saving one.
"Profuse sweating, cold, clammy, he was complaining of chest pains,” said Olmsted County Deputy David Clark.
It was those symptoms that 80-year-old William Herber was having when Deputy Clark arrived at Arbor Gardens in Eyota Thursday morning. Moments later, he went into cardiac arrest.
"He looked at me like he was going to answer the question and then his eyes rolled back in his head and he just kind of tripped back and his face flushed and almost purple and it was obvious at that point that there was something bigger going on,” said Clark.
Clark was the first one on scene and because of training and past experience, knew to bring in the AED defibrillator from his squad car. He delivered one shock, then performed CPR and after just a few moments, Herber sat up.
"Not too many things startle me anymore, but to actually have somebody try and sit up and open their eyes during a chest compression. It startled me a little bit,” said Clark.
Area ambulances were able to respond soon after, but without Clark’s quick thinking, the situation could have ended much differently.
“It's kind of frightening I guess, but you get I don't want to say you get used to it, but because of training, um and just repetition of dealing with that kind of thing, you get to where you're a little bit more calm and I think that's one of the keys is just staying calm,” he said.
That calmness to thank for saving a life.
Every squad car that is on duty has a defibrillator in the car. Clark credits all agencies on scene for saving Herber’s life.