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Another Life Saved By an Automatic External Defibrillator and the Quick Response of Citizens

Employees of Bennett International Group, LLC Credited with Saving the Life of an Eastman Man

On Thursday, January 12, 2012 just after 2:30 in the afternoon, an Eastman man collapsed in the parking lot of Bennett International Group, LLC at 1001 Industrial Parkway in McDonough.  Employees of Bennett immediately put their training into motion, initiating the first three links in the “Chain of Survival.” 

While the man lay on the ground lifeless employees worked together to coordinate and perform measures that would later prove to be lifesaving.  Keith Moore recognized the man was pulseless, breathless, lifeless, and in cardiac arrest and activated the emergency response system. Phil DeSouza began CPR and called for the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Teddy Ingram arrived and took over compressions and Phil DeSouza performed defibrillation following the commands of the AED.  After two shocks, the man regained a pulse. 

Just before the second shock the McDonough Fire Department arrived and secured an airway on the patient.  Henry County Fire Department Rescue Fourteen out of Henry County Fire Department Station Number One soon after arrived on scene and began Advanced Cardiac Life Support and transported the gentleman to an area hospital.  Last information revealed that the man was resting comfortably in the hospital and is expected to have a full recovery.

Fortunately, Bennett International is committed and proactive where life safety is concerned, providing regular First Aid, CPR, and AED training for their employees.  Through a Crisis Management Team consisting of Bennett International employees, various training is coordinated and provided to personnel just for instances like the January 12, 2012 incident.  Other safety training employees undergo include: fire and weather drills, hazardous preparedness, and well as fire extinguisher training.

Across the United States AED’s continue to be the common denominator of “Saves” among heart attack victims.  The defibrillator at Bennett International was without a doubt vital to the outcome Thursday afternoon.  It was applied quickly and shocks were delivered, a key factor in saving heart attack victims.

Henry County Fire Department would like to commend the heroic efforts of the employees of Bennett International Group that intervened so quickly and courageously to make a difference in Mr. Maddox’s life as well as the Management of Bennett who ensure their employees are properly trained to intervene when called upon.
*Note:  There will be a presentation made to employees and management at Bennett International Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.  Media are invited to attend.


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