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Portable heart device saves downed bicylist

October 2nd, 2012 - 12:47pm

(Port Angeles) -- Police used an automatic external defibrillator to shock a downed bicyclist back to life in Port Angeles.

It happened early yesterday morning. Port Angeles police and Clallam County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a downed bicycle and rider in an alley east of Peabody Street.

Officers found the victim with no pulse and not breathing. They began CPR and turned to the AED unit they now carry with them.

The debrillator was used until paramedics could arrive to do advanced cardiac care. The patient was revived and taken to Olympic Medical Center. His name and condition are unknown.

Police say AED Device was one of a series that was provided to the Clallam County Sheriff's Office, the Port Angeles and Sequim Police Departments in 2010 and 2011 by the Olympic Medical Center Foundation. Local authorities say this is at least the fourth instance in our area where an AED has been used successfully by first responding law enforcement officers and directly led to the saving of a human life.

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