Doug Rough is living proof that knowing CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), saves lives. On April 17, Doug was exercising at the 24 Hour Fitness in Bothell, when he collapsed in cardiac arrest. That is when Steven Charlie, a fellow gym member, jumped into action to help a complete stranger. Steven began CPR while two employees of the gym called 911 and retrieved the AED. Steven attached the AED, followed the prompts and delivered an electrical shock to Doug’s heart, converting it back into a normal rhythm. Doug began breathing again shortly after and was conscious by the time emergency rescuers arrived.
On June 11, Steven Charie was honored with an “Award of Exemplary Action”. This is the highest civilian award presented by the City of Bothell Fire and E.M.S. Steven also received the “CPR Life Saving Award” from Shoreline Medic One and King County E.M.S.
The cardiac arrest survival rates in King County are significantly higher compared to other parts of the nation. A large part of this success is attributed to the high percentage of citizens trained in CPR and AED in this area. If CPR is performed in the first few minutes of collapse, it can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival. If an AED device is used, it can increase the odds even more.
The City of Bothell Fire and E.M.S. offers monthly CPR/AED training to the public. For more information: www.bothellwa.gov/cpr .