On same day 2 off duty Cherokee Co firefighters save strangers with CPR
From: Marietta Daily Journal
Two off-duty firefighters from Cherokee County on the same day performed CPR on strangers, becoming true heroes to those whose lives they saved.
Lt. John Bennett and Lt. Mike Malone were in different places Aug. 2, but both used the training and knowledge they learned from being firefighters to help out when strangers stopped breathing.
Bennett has been a firefighter for 22 years, and has worked with the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services for about 15 years. He said that being able to save people is rare.
“It is an amazing feeling,” Bennett said. “I know that it’s rare that you get to get a save, and that you get somebody back when they go into cardiac arrest. It’s a good feeling whenever that happens, to be able to make that much of a difference, not only in the life of the person that you saved, but in their family, too.”
Bennett said that he was at the Medford Funeral Home in Marietta after the death of his wife’s grandmother when a man stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest last Friday, and said the wife and children of the man were there when it happened.
“My wife’s grandmother had passed away and we were at the funeral home in Marietta, and one of the people who was at the funeral home visiting, as they were leaving, collapsed in the parking lot,” Bennett explained. “One of my wife’s cousins came and got me because they knew I was medically trained.”
There was no Automated External Defibrillator available, and Bennett said that he felt kind of helpless without the medical equipment he usually has when he’s on duty.