Anaheim fire officials credited an innovative safety program that uses cardiac defibrillators and three quick-thinking city employees with saving the life of a 57-year-old heart attack victim Tuesday.
The woman, whose name was not released, collapsed and suffered a heart attack Tuesday morning at Anaheim City Hall, according to Anaheim Fire Department spokeswoman Maria Sable. The woman, a secretary, was taken to Western Medical Center, where she was in fair condition.
The woman collapsed about 10:45 a.m. and quickly turned blue in the face, employees said. Fellow workers Armando Sanchez called 911, James Getz began CPR and Edward Murdock pulled out the Automatic External Defibrillator, a portable version of the electrical shock machines used by hospitals to revive patients in cardiac arrest.
The Fire Department has been training city employees in the use of the defibrillators since April 2000 and has 65 of them deployed around city buildings, including libraries, council chambers and community centers, said Steve Phillips, program coordinator. Tuesday was the first time the training was put to use.