Some fast-acting teachers at Redmond’s Overlake School saved the life of a colleague today, according to a news release from that city’s fire department.
As recounted in the release, a 54-year-old music teacher collapsed during class and became unconscious. Hearing calls for help, teachers in nearby classrooms — one of whom is an instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) — hurried to help.
His colleagues “shocked” the 54-year-old and managed to re-establish a heartbeat, according to the release. The man was showing signs of life when Medic One and the fire department arrived. The man was taken to Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center, where he is said to be in stable condition, according to the release.
From the release:
“This group of teachers and staff definitely saved the life of their co-worker, according to Redmond Paramedics.”
“… The health teacher who provides CPR and AED courses to students at the Overlake School, as well as this group of teachers who were part of this lifesaving team had never seen a cardiac arrest. This real-life experience demonstrates the importance of delivering CPR education early on in the schools, as well as to the success of the community CPR programs. King County, WA has the highest resuscitation rate in world, which is over 50 %. This is because of the aggressive CPR and AED training programs and most importantly, the citizens, dispatchers and emergency responders who comprise the Medic One system.”