On Wednesday, January 4th, the City of Cortland Fire Department was dispatched to a medical emergency call in the city.
Upon arrival, emergency personnel found a patient unconscious, not breathing, and without a heartbeat. CPR had already been started by bystanders, who were being assisted by the Cortland County 9-1-1 Dispatch.
City of Cortland firefighters took over CPR and then used an AED. An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to assist medical personnel of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. The device is portable to emergency crews to use. One shock was administered to the patient.
As the patient was being transported to the hospital, she was now alert and talking to emergency crews.
Recognition goes to the City of Cortland Fire Department’s “C Shift”, County dispatchers, and bystanders who assisted before emergency responders arrived.