From Lawrenceville, Georgia:
Posted: 5:37 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013
A Gwinnett County woman, who suffered a near-fatal cardiac arrest a year ago, thanks those emergency responders who saved her life.
Deborah Walsh and her family went to Fire State Number 17 to tell the fire fighters, paramedics, and dispatcher “thank you” and hug their necks.
“We think about them all the time… the wonderful year that we’ve had wouldn’t be possible without all their efforts on that day,” she tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.
Walsh was talking to a friend in the driveway of her Lawrenceville home when she collapsed. The friend and her husband dialed 911 where dispatcher Cassandra Ramos walked them through CPR.
“This is great for me, I mean I’ve been working in the 911 center for eight years and never have I gotten to meet anyone whose life we saved,” says Ramos.
Medic Sidney Garner was equally thrilled.
“Mrs. Walsh will be the first person I’ve met that actually walked out of the hospital,” he says. “I’ve had others, but she’ll be the first one I’ve actually met after a call that’s actually walked away.”
Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge says of all the calls Gwinnett County responded to in 2012, 75 percent where emergency medical calls. Of those, 332 were cardiac arrest calls with 21 documented saves. Walsh was among those 21.
“It’s very important that citizens learn CPR, that they take classes to know what to do help a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or even a total stranger,” he says. …
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