Above the call of duty

From: The Garden Island

A hotel guest is alive today thanks to security staff who used CPR and a defibrillator after her heart stopped.

Alice McKann, 72, of Chicago, was staying at the Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club timeshare on Kalapaki Bay in March. She was unaware that an artery to her heart was nearly blocked and suffered a heart attack in her room. Security staff used their Red Cross training to re-start her heart.

“They were incredible,” McKann said. “They really saved my life.”

McKann said she can’t remember a thing that Thursday afternoon but knows now that she went into sudden cardiac arrest. Everything stopped, her breathing and her heart.

She survived with the help of fast-thinking security staff and their Red Cross training.

“One quarter of Americans report that they have been in a situation where someone may have needed CPR,” said Hawaii Red Cross CEO Coralie Matayoshi. “Red Cross training can give people the skills and confidence they need to act in an emergency and to save lives.”

It was about 9 a.m. March 7 when McKann had shortness of breath and slumped over a chair. Her sister called Kauai Marriott Security Dispatch.

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