Only Automated External Defibrillator Helps Save a Life

Only Automated External Defibrillator Helps Save a Life

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, a 55-year-old man collapsed on his porch in Flowery Branch, Georgia. He was unresponsive and not breathing. His wife immediately called 9-1-1 and with the help of the dispatcher, started chest compressions.

Two Flowery Branch police officers were first to arrive at the rescue with an automated external defibrillator (AED) in hand. The officers used the AED, donated by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, to shock the man and restore his heart’s rhythm.

From this point on, local first responders stepped in to provide further care and get him to the hospital. Ten days later he was able to return home from the hospital.

“We are so thankful Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was kind enough to donate the AED to our department as our budget dollars must be stretched very thinly. Since it is the only AED the department has, it stays in service every hour of every day and is rotated between officers on each of our four shifts.” –Chief David R. Spillers, Flowery Branch Police Department