Police use AED device to save man who had heart attack - KCTV5

Police use AED device to save man who had heart attack while driving

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A metro man who had a heart attack while driving is out of the hospital and back home thanks to the life-saving efforts of three Prairie Village, KS, police officers.

The officers immediately gave the man CPR and used a life-saving device every officer keeps inside their patrol car – an Automated External Defibrillator or AED. It's a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and decides what steps should be taken next.

While on patrol in Prairie Village, Officer Louis Curtis noticed a car in the yard of a home near 79th Street and Booth Drive that was still running.

"I saw the gentlemen with a sweat-filled face. When I first spoke to him, he didn't respond back," Curtis said.

Curtis checked to see if the man was breathing and found no signs of breath, he checked for a pulse and found nothing. The man was in the midst of a heart attack.

"It is all kind of a blur. No breathing, no pulse, I immediately let dispatch know, 'get Med-Act in route. I need other officers here.' I started to pull him out of the vehicle," the officer said.

Curtis began CPR and soon Officer Matt Boggs arrived. Boggs pulled out the AED from his cruiser's trunk and the two set to using it on the man.

"In this instance we hooked it up. It evaluated him and it advised a shock," Curtis said.

About three minutes later Med-Act crews arrived and rushed the man to the hospital with only a faint pulse.

Curtis was relieved to learn the man was released from the hospital recently.

"I personally didn't do this alone. I was the first one there, but Officer Boggs helped with compressions, Officer Meyer helped with compressions, Corporal Brady Sullivan he directed people," Curtis said.

The man who survived wished to not have his identity revealed. He is home from the hospital and officials say he's expected to make a full recovery.

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