Two Juneau Police Department officers on foot patrol helped save a 60-year-old man who stopped breathing Sunday afternoon during an event at the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center.
Officers Jarrett Mahoney and Frank Dolan were already on scene when they heard a call over the radio requesting medical assistance for a man at the event. The pair sprung into action, located the man and positioned him to open his airway. The man took one breath then stopped breathing, so the officers began CPR.
Paramedics with Capital City Fire and Rescue arrived on scene shortly thereafter and used an Automatic External Defibrillator to establish a heartbeat. The man was already beginning to recover and was speaking by the time he was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital.
JPD Lt. Kris Sell said the emergency room doctor credited the officers’ speedy actions as being critical to the man’s survival.
“The Juneau Police Department is very proud of Officer Jarrett Mahoney and Officer Frank Dolan,” Sell said in a statement Monday afternoon. “Officer Dolan commented today that seeing someone literally brought back to life between police and fire efforts was one of the most moving events of his police officer career.”
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