Former Firefighter Uses CPR To Save A Life

Al Salcedo was enjoying a bankers meeting in Minneapolis along with his wife Lisa when a situation developed in the meeting room.

A man was down, unconscious and people around him were asking if there was a Doctor in the crowd.

Salcedo is former firefighter and his training kicked in.

"I quickly determined that he didn't have a pulse, explained Salcedo in an interview with WOWT6 News. "I rolled him back over and started CPR."

Salcedo asked if anyone else in the crowd of 220 people had CPR training but there was no response.
"i requested the staff if they had an AED. They did and they promptly got it to me."

It's an automated device that gives verbal instructions when hooked up to the patient

" I knew right away he was going to get shocked here, so I advised the crowd."

Salcedo says he actually had to shock the 33-year old victim twice before the man's heart started beating again.

Al has since heard from the man's wife that his CPR and quick response made the difference.

In an email she explained that her husband's artery was 100% blocked.

"He had a miraculous recovery and was able to go home," said Salcedo.

The bank he works for has had CPR training sessions in the past but since his lifesaving experience in May the bank's next training session scheduled for August will be packed.

This is National CPR/AED month and for more information click on the link included with this story.

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