CPR Saves a Life

CPR Saves a Life
Posted on 05/25/2018

Quick action by emergency crews and an off-duty physician helped save a life on April 28.

Emergency crews dispatched to the scene found a man in cardiac arrest and Dr. Scott Balonier, a Kettering ER physican and neighbor, performing CPR along with family and other neighbors. Crews assisted Dr. Balonier with CPR, defibrillation, and other advanced procedures, then transported the patient to Southview Medical Center.

Following treatment, the patient was able to walk out of the hospital just a few days later.

"The probability of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest is extremely low. It goes to show the value of CPR training for the public as well as the excellent training of the responding paramedics and EMTs," said Fire Chief Bill Gaul.

The Kettering Health Network presented challenge coins to all responders involved.

Fire Truck

Pictured are (L-R) – Dr. Scott Balonier, FF/PM Michael Jones, FF/EMT Justin Tackett, FF/PM Theodore Parks, Battalion Chief Nick Bergman, Dr. William Brady, department Medical Director, and EMS Coordinator Anna Ludwick. (Not pictured – Paramedic Curtis Trump and FF/EMT Derek Landis.)