Richard Doescher warned his 78 year old father Donald not to clear snow in front of the family’s LaVista house.
Richard said, “But he did so anyway. He’s very stubborn,”
Then just after noon on Wednesday LaVista Sgt. Bryan Waugh was patrolling the neighborhood.
Waugh said, “I saw the patient, the victim lying next to a pile of snow.”
While a neighbor David Crouch and a volunteer firefighter who was close both came to help, Sgt Waugh got out a portable defibrillator or AED to shock the heart of 78 year old Donald Doescher.
Waugh describes what happened.
“I apply one (pad) to the right upper chest and one to the lower left abdomen area. I went ahead and applied the shock. We’re then able to detect a pulse and shallow breathing.”
A rescue squad arrived about 8 to 10 minutes later.
Richard Doescher said, “If they weren’t here he would not be with us today.”
Six cruisers in lavista carry the AED units. Each device costs about $1,500. A donation from PayPal paid the cost.
LaVista Police Chief Bob Lausten said, “Money does help save lives. This is the third time this year that donation has affected lives in LaVista.”
Richard Doescher got a chance to thank the officer who helped save his father’s life.
Richard told him, “You’ll be getting a card this Christmas.”
Richard said his father required two stints to open arteries. He says his father is holding on but still critical.