By Heather Chadwick, Snohomish County Fire District 7, Public Information Officer.
At 8:55 pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, Snohomish County Fire District 7 was dispatched to a report of an unresponsive male who collapsed while checking out at the Safeway in Lake Stevens. Personnel in the grocery store quickly called 911.
While first responders were in route, a nearby Lake Stevens police officer heard the emergency call come in over the radio and also responded. When the officer arrived, he began CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and applied the pads for an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).
When aid crews arrived the patient was still unresponsive and being shocked by the AED. Aid crews continued CPR and advanced life support measures. Crews were able to resuscitate the patient and immediately transported him to Providence in Everett where advanced care continued.
Due to the actions of the Police Officer, the teamwork of the EMS crew, and quick treatment at the hospital, the patient is awake and recovering well.
If you or a loved one experience heart attack symptoms it is important to call 911 early so that appropriate diagnosis and treatment can occur as fast as possible. To learn more about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack visit the American Heart Association website, www.heart.org/HeartAttack.