Brookhaven Police use AED to save a life


In 2013, the town of Brookhaven, Georgia, equipped all its police cars with automated external defibrillators (AEDs). A year later, three officers were able to respond in under a minute to a report of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) incident in an office building and used an AED from an officer’s squad car to save a woman’s life.

A 54-year-old employee had collapsed at work, falling from her chair to the floor. Her co-workers began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and called 911.

Police first responders arrived in less than a minute. Officer Olen Boughner took over administering CPR from the woman’s colleagues. Officer Patrick DiCicco and Corporal Matthew Murray attached a Powerheart® G3 Plus AED to the victim; the AED detected a shockable rhythm and administered two shocks, reviving the woman before paramedics arrived.

Later that afternoon, Murray went to the Atlanta-area hospital to visit the woman he had helped save.

“She was completely awake, completely lucid and had no memory of what had happened; however, she knew where she was,” Murray told the Brookhaven Post.

In this video, Corporal Murray talks about the rescue.

“We arrive on scene many times before the fire department and ambulance crew,” Murray said. “In cardiac arrest situations we are able to provide definitive care with early defibrillation as well as early CPR.”

The December 2014 rescue was made possible through the fundraising efforts of The Friends of Brookhaven Foundation. In 2013, the group raised the money to equip all of the city’s police cars with AEDs.

Brookhaven, Georgia, police officers with the AED they used to save a woman's life on Dec. 2, 2014. At left, Cardiac Science representative Mike Castleman.

Brookhaven, Georgia, police officers with the AED they used to save a woman’s life on Dec. 2, 2014. At left, Cardiac Science representative Mike Castleman.

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