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Bystanders help save man’s life on Main Street

standers help save man's life on Main Street Strategically placed defibrillator used after he suffers cardiac arrest By Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The automated external defibrillator at Miners Park was used on Wednesday after a man suffered cardiac arrest. Emergency services personnel say a quick response by bystanders was critical in saving the man s life. It was the first time the life-saving equipment was used since it was placed there in the summer. Jake Shane/Park Record

Bystanders helped save a man’s life on Wednesday after he suffered cardiac arrest on Main Street, emergency service officials said, indicating that a strategically placed automated external defibrillator was essential to the efforts.

Jay Randall, a Park City Police Department sergeant, said the man is 46 years old. The department was not immediately sure where the man is from. Randall said the man was assisting as a concert venue was loaded. He complained of lightheadedness, lost consciousness and fell on the 400 block of Main Street, Randall said. The case was reported at 12:30 p.m.

Randall said a bystander started to treat the man and did not find a pulse. The person performed CPR and asked others to find an automated external defibrillator, often referred to as an AED.

Someone found the automated external defibrillator at nearby Miners Park. The man regained consciousness after the equipment was used, Randall said. The Police Department and the Park City Fire District reached the scene just after the automated external defibrillator was used on the man, he said.

"Anytime you delay that type of response, the likelihood of bringing them out drops exponentially as time goes by," Randall said.

The Fire District took the man to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. Bob Zanetti, the assistant fire chief, said the man was stable when he arrived at the hospital.

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"That saved his life, absolutely. It’s all about time," Zanetti said.

The Police Department said in an online statement the man suffered another cardiac arrest while in the ambulance and was "quickly revived."

City Hall last summer installed automated external defibrillators in four public places – Miners Park, City Park, the Quinn’s Junction sports complex and the McPolin Farm. Hugh Daniels, the emergency program manager at City Hall, said the incident on Wednesday was the first time one of the pieces of equipment has been used.

"It couldn’t have been better," Daniels said. "It saved the guy’s life."