Were attending American Heart Association training conference
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 7, 2016) — Two Lexington firefighters who were attending an American Heart Association training conference in Charlton, W.Va. used their CPR skills to save a heart attack victim who was also attending the conference.
Lexington Fire Department Captain Les Fryman and Lexington firefighter Sean Davenport were attending the regional meeting of the American Heart Association, Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee when they noticed a colleague was having a medical emergency.
“Because of our CPR training we recognized she wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse,” Fryman said. Fryman and Davenport immediately began CPR, while bystanders went for help and an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED).
“This story has a happy ending,” Fryman said. Fryman spoke with the victim yesterday, and got her blessing to tell this story. “She was in good spirits and wanted me to share this story as a way to encourage others to learn CPR.”
Nationwide, 38 people die every hour from sudden cardiac arrest. The vast majority, 75-80 percent, of sudden cardiac events occur at home. Often, the people who learn CPR save a family member.
The Lexington Fire Department offers a free, hands-only CPR class that only takes two minutes to learn. More information: call (859) 231-5662 or email [email protected].