CPR saves man in Silverthorne | SummitDaily.com

CPR saves man in Silverthorne

by Steve Lipsher
special to the daily

A crew from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue took over resuscitation efforts from bystanders and revived a 64-year-old man in Silverthorne who may have suffered a heart attack on Thursday evening, in a case highlighting the importance of knowing CPR.

Firefighters responded to a 911 call to a home in Blue River Ranch Estates in Silverthorne about 5:45 p.m. to find the man had collapsed in the yard and was unconscious and not breathing. Unidentified bystanders were performing CPR when LDFR Lt. Shawn Sawyer, engineer Doug Beeler, firefighter K.G. Schave and resident firefighter Andrew Segura arrived. The crew continued CPR and used an automatic defibrillator to help the man regain a pulse and respiration. Receiving advanced life-support measures, he was taken by Summit County Ambulance to the Summit Medical Center and subsequently transferred to St. Anthony Hospital by Flight for Life helicopter.

“CPR is a critical action that can save lives, and anyone can learn how to do it. In this case, it bought time until medical care could be provided, and we truly appreciate the efforts of the bystanders,” said battalion chief Joe Hegenderfer.

Meanwhile, firefighters responding to a second emergency call about 7 p.m. Thursday were unable to revive Grant Meador, a 48-year-old man with known health problems who had collapsed and had no pulse. A woman at the home in Swan Meadow Village in Summit Cove had been performing CPR until firefighters arrived and took over, but the efforts were unsuccessful in resuscitating him.

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