Durham County

Hillsborough police officer answers the call — and saves a life

Hillsborough Police Sgt. Jason Huey, shown holding an automated external defibrillator, used the device and provided chest compressions to save the life of a citizen experiencing cardiac arrest.
Hillsborough Police Sgt. Jason Huey, shown holding an automated external defibrillator, used the device and provided chest compressions to save the life of a citizen experiencing cardiac arrest. Submitted

When Sgt. Jason Huey answered a call about a heart attack at a pizza restaurant, employees were already on the phone with 911, getting instructions in how to give the victim CPR.

When Huey arrived, he set up an automated external defibrillator, a portable device that checks heart rhythm and uses an electric shock to try to normalize it.

“I only had to administer one shock,” Huey said. The machine uses voice prompts to let the user know when to deliver a shock. After the machine signaled to Huey that one shock was enough, Huey said he continued to give the man cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The Orange Rural Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services soon showed up and determined the man had regained a pulse. He was taken to a local hospital, where he is being treated.

It was the first time Huey had used the defibrillator in the field, and the first time any HPD officer has had to use the device in the field, he said. Officers have frequently used CPR to help save people, Huey said.

Huey answered the call on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 24 at Domino’s Pizza, located at 112 John Earl St. While Huey was preparing the defibrillator device, he asked another resident to provide chest compressions and remove the victim’s shirt so the device could be applied.

All Hillsborough police supervisor vehicles are equipped with automated external defibrillators. Officers train every two years in the use of the devices, Huey said. He praised the technology and workmanship of the defibrillators. “The way the instrument is designed, you can follow its directions and stay focused on what you’re supposed to be doing.”

As Huey did, and saved a life.

Cliff Bellamy: 919-419-6744, @CliffBellamy1

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