CPR in the Nick of Time

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It's an accident which could have had tragic consequences. Harold Reeder was driving south on Grand Central Avenue, when he went into apparent cardiac arrest. But before ambulances arrived, employees of a nearby medical office building came to his aid.

Sgt. Kevin Parrish, Vienna Police Department: Their quick action probably saved the guy. If he makes it, it is a direct result of their actions.

The medical personnel knew how to attend to Reeder, and ambulance personnel agree it's something everyone should know.

Dwane Weekley, Director of Ambulance Services at St. Joseph's Hospital, said, “We've seen family members who knew CPR, or knew how to stop the bleeding, or just simply open an airway.”

Cities like Seattle have programs to train residents in CPR. It's resulted in a higher number of lives saved. Kay Villers trains businesses and organizations in CPR. She says as long as you know how to do it, it means help doesn't have to wait for the several minutes it takes for ambulances to get to the victim.

Kay Villers, CPR Instructor for the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, said, “You need to provide care immediately, when someone's heart stops, because a good response time from an EMS is sometimes too late.”

It certainly helped Reeder. He's listed in serious condition at Saint Joseph's Hospital.