A Brookhaven Police officer is credited with saving a life by using his city issued-automated external defibrillator (AED) on a patient having a heart attack, according to a press release from the police department. The rescue happened after police were called to a business office on Corporate Boulevard around noon on Tuesday due to a cardiac arrest.
Corp. Matthew Murray, along with two other Brookhaven officers, arrived at the location in less than one minute from the time they were dispatched to find that CPR was already being performed on a 54-year-old female.
Officer Olen Boughner took over CPR while Officer Patrick DiCicco and Murray prepared the AED for use on the patient. Officers were able to revive the patient by administering two shocks from the AED to the heart before paramedics arrived.
The patient was awake and talking to officers and paramedics as she was being loaded on to the elevator of the business. She was transported by ambulance to an Atlanta area hospital. Murray was able to talk to the patient again at the hospital.
The Friends of Brookhaven Foundation made last year by raised funds to purchase enough AEDs for all Brookhaven Police cars.