ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Aberdeen Fire Department recognized 3 citizens for their lifesaving efforts at Aberdeen's City Council meeting Wednesday night, on January 4, 2011 a 911 call was received at 09:11 AM reporting a 57 year old male had collapsed in the Grays Harbor College bookstore. It was shortly determined that the patient Scott Birdsall had no pulse or respiration and was in full cardiac arrest. Aberdeen Fire Department Engine 6 and Medic 42 were quickly dispatched from fire station 2 in South Aberdeen and arrived to the patient within 5 minutes.
Grays Harbor College employees Brenda Dell and Tony Simone along with student Kristy Simpson, who is an EMT, immediately sprang to action. CPR was started with Kristy doing chest compressions while Brenda operated the resuscitator bag. Tony retrieved the automatic external defibrillator that the college had on hand, connected the pads to Scott’s chest and turned on the AED. When the AED advised to defibrillate he did so along with continued CPR efforts of the other two as directed by the machine. Scott was then defibrillated a second time and CPR continued until AFD personnel arrived.
Scott was defibrillated four additional times by Paramedics on scene and while in route to the emergency room. Medics continued to follow up with advanced life support interventions necessary for survival. Due to the quick actions of Tony, Brenda and Kristy, providing continuous CPR, our first responders were able to get the patient back into a life supporting heart rhythm along with a strong blood pressure when they arrived at the Emergency Room.
The outcome of this incident brings renewed awareness as to the value of our local emergency system. It could not have occurred without the competent and professional E-911 system that handled the call and provided initial information to responders. Trained emergency responders, who arrived to provide for an airway, administer cardiac drugs and continue life saving measures as well as additional interventions in the emergency room by doctors and nurses proved paramount for patient survival.
But more than anything, the initial actions of Brenda Dell, Tony Simone and Kristy Simpson at the college who witnessed Mr. Birdsall’s distress and took initial life saving actions is what definitely made the difference in the positive outcome for this patient.
The value of Early Defibrillation with an AED at hands reach combined with people who were trained in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) cannot be understated. One person is alive today because these three people took the time to learn this valuable life saving skill.
The Aberdeen Fire Department wishes to acknowledge the efforts these three people during this incident.