After the victim’s shirt was cut off, deputies used the AED multiple times, alternating between chest compressions as trained.
After the third shock with the AED, the victim began breathing on his own. As medical staff with the Rural Metro Fire Department arrived and begin taking over medical care, the victim again stopped breathing but was revived while en route to the hospital.
Thanks to quick response and utilization of the deputy’s AED and CPR, the subject was later stabilized by medical staff and thanked the deputies for saving his life.
Thanks to grant funding through the National Rifle Association and a generous donation from the Joe Gibson Memorial Foundation, (24) AEDs are currently in use by PCSO patrol and Search & Rescue deputies. In 2009, Sheriff Paul Babeu required all sworn deputies to take CPR recertification training.