A York County man survived an apparent heart attack after an emergency dispatcher taught the man’s daughter how to perform CPR over the telephone.
On Sept. 6, Rebecca Hill dialed 911 after her father Jim Hill suffered from an apparent cardiac event at home and became unresponsive, according to a York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office news release.
“She had never done CPR before,” York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shelley Ward said. “The dispatcher talked her through it.”
While emergency dispatcher Sara Mattingly told Rebecca Hill how to save her father’s life, Mattingly also dispatched deputy sheriff Kalyn Hall to help Jim Hill, the release said.
Rebecca Hill gave her father CPR while on the phone with Mattingly until Hall arrived at the home, according to the release.
That’s when Hall took over CPR and deployed an automated external defibrillator with Rebecca Hill’s help on Jim Hill, the release said.
The Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 AED unit automatically prompted Hall to send a shock directly to Jim Hill’s heart, according to the release.
“Our deputies are able to respond very quickly to a cardiac event simply because we are on the road patrolling,” Sheriff Diggs said in the release. “I am thrilled that we can provide quick medical assistance to patients until the medics arrive. Our training with CPR and AEDs saves lives.”
Hall provided CPR to Jim Hill until York County Fire and Life Safety medics arrived and began giving first aid to him, the release said.
While at the home, Jim Hill’s heart began to beat on its own once again after the CPR and AED shock were given, according to the release.
If it weren’t for the quick thinking of Rebecca Hill, Mattingly’s help, and Hall’s first aid, Jim Hill might not have survived, the release said.
“Words can not express how thankful I am,” Jim Hill wrote in a Facebook post. “The calm and expeditious professionalism of Deputy Sheriff Hall, Dispatcher Mattingly, and my favorite daughter Rebecca have kept me alive and well.”
Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329 or on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.