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From: KCBY.com 11

A police trooper helped save a man having a heart attack at a North Bend convenience store last Friday by using a defibrillator he kept inside his patrol car.

It was just before 1 a.m. on Friday, July 19 when North Bend Police and medical personnel were at a 7-Eleven store, Officials said.

State Police trooper Freddie Dunlap, a certified EMT-intermediate and Medical Responder instructor, was nearby the store when he overheard the emergency call.

Dunlap rushed to the store where police officers on-scene told him that a middle-aged man was inside the store without a pulse.

The state trooper grabbed a Automated External Defibrillator from his patrol car before going inside the 7-Eleven to prep the unresponsive man.

Dunlap activated the AED and shocked the man, while a waiting team fron North Bend Fire helped with the lifesaving efforts.

Medical responders arrived soon afterward to take the man to Bay Area Hospital. He was later transferred to Sacred Heart at Riverbend where he is listed in serious condition.

From Oregon State Police:

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.


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