CPR saves tourist at Mendenhall Visitor Center

    "A tourist bystander and the Forest Service personnel started CPR.", said Assistant Chief Ed Quinto.

    Capital City Fire Rescue says it was another great save by the public because of bystander CPR and the use of an automatic external defibrillator.

    Assistant Chief Ed Quinto reports an emergency medical call from the Mendenhall visitor center for a possible cardiac arrest came in Tuesday night just before 6:00, as a 60ish year old male from out of town was visiting the glacier with his family, when he suddenly collapsed on the sidewalk.

    "A tourist bystander and the Forest Service personnel started CPR.", said Quinto. "Other Forest Service personnel brought an automatic external defibrillator to the subject and the electrodes were applied. The AED indicated a shock was needed and was automatically delivered. The male responded to the shock and was able to be revived. By the time the fire department arrived he was able to talk and respond to the medics. He was transported to the hospital and later medevaced out of town."

    If you are interested in learning how to perform CPR and use an AED, the American Red Cross and Southeast Fire Extinguisher are two agencies that teach the class.

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