Heart attack sufferer saved at Cookeville McDonald's - WKRN News 2

Heart attack sufferer saved at Cookeville McDonald's

Posted: Updated: Oct 9, 2012 06:12 PM
Officers used an AED to help the heart attack victim. Officers used an AED to help the heart attack victim.

A 55-year-old Cookeville man is lucky to be alive after suffering a heart attack while waiting in a McDonald's drive-through line Friday afternoon.

Dave Moody was in the drive through line behind the man and knew something was wrong when he did not pull forward.

"I kind of leaned out a little bit where I could see him in the side mirror and I could see in the mirror that he was he was taking long deep breaths," Moody recalled.

Moody dialed 911 and two Cookeville police officers who was in the area responded quickly.

"Because Officer Ramsey and I were so close, the rest of the units canceled and we arrived on scene just moments after they gave out the call," said Cookeville Traffic Officer Anthony Leonard.

Officer Glen Ramsey arrived on the scene first. He quickly checked and did not find a pulse.

"Officer Leonard came around with his AED and then we carried him to a grassy area a few feet from the vehicle," Ramsey said.

Every Cookeville police officer carries an AED, automated external defibrillator, while on patrol and have been trained how to use them.

"I passed the AED pads to Officer Ramsey who started to open the pack as I turned on the AED and cleared the shirts off of the patient," explained Officer Leonard.  

"The AED knows when and when not to shock and so only under certain circumstances will the AED give a shock to the patient and in this particular case it shocked three times."

When seconds matter, the officers had the right equipment and training to save a life.

"He definitely would have died in my opinion. I don't think there is any question, even if they would have been a couple of minutes longer, I don't know if he would have come back," said Moody.

Paramedics arrived a short time later and rushed the man to Cookeville Regional Medical Center where he is still recovering.

Medics said if it weren't for the quick thinking of the citizens and the officers, the man likely would have died.

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