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OSP Trooper Uses Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to Help Save Man at North Bend Convenience Store

July 25, 2013

Sergeant Josh Young
Oregon State Police - Coos Bay
(541) 888-2677

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to help save a 48-year old North Bend man last Friday after an apparent heart attack inside a convenience store.

On July 19, 2013 at approximately 12:52 a.m., North Bend police were dispatched to a panic alarm at the 7-Eleven store located in the 1900 block of Virginia Avenue. As officers were headed to the call, medical personnel were also dispatched to the same location for a report of a downed man who was unresponsive and not breathing. OSP Senior Trooper Freddie Dunlap, a Certified EMT-Intermediate and Emergency Medical Responder instructor, was nearby and responded to assist after overhearing the call.

North Bend (NBPD) Police Officer Chris Rule arrived first and confirmed there was an unresponsive, middle-age male with no pulse inside the store. NBPD Officer Milo Arnesen then arrived as Dunlap pulled up to the scene. Dunlap ran to his patrol car and quickly returned with the AED he carries on patrol. After preparing the man and attaching the AED pads, Dunlap activated the AED and administered a shock to the man while North Bend fire personnel were standing by prepared to continue lifesaving efforts.

The man was transported by Bay Cities Ambulance to Bay Area Hospital. He was later transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and is being treated in their Intensive Care Unit. According to the hospital earlier this week, the man was listed in serious condition.

According to the American Red Cross, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Over 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year and it can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and at any age. The Red Cross says an AED is an easy to operate tool for someone with no medical background and is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.

Senior Trooper Dunlap has worked for OSP for 12 years and is assigned at the Coos Bay Area Command office. He is one of 3 OSP Certified EMT-Intermediate emergency medical technicians who work at that office. OSP has about ten AEDs carried by EMT-certified trained troopers in various parts of the State that were donated by local hospitals.

No photographs available for this release.

Note: The man's family has not given consent to OSP to release his name at this time.


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