Teamwork pays off is an axiom normally equated to sports. Recently, it applied to a student’s life.
When Wichita State University student Tyler Hull collapsed in the school’s Ablah Library on Dec. 15, students, police, and first responders collaborated to save his life with a Powerheart® G3 Plus automated external defibrillator (AED).
The university honored the 12 heroes Jan. 26 in a ceremony at the library where the sudden cardiac arrest incident occurred.
Aaron Lewis, a student with CPR training, was first on the scene with Martina Salerno. They found Hull, 42, unconscious and not breathing. Lewis, who had learned CPR while in the Air National Guard, began chest compressions.
Campus police arrived and Sgt. Bryson Potter examined Hull while Officer Rose took over CPR. Sgt. Potter was unable to find a pulse. The officers continued CPR and attached the Powerheart G3 AED to deliver a shock that restored Hull’s heartbeat.
By the time EMTs from the Sedgewick County Fire Department arrived, Hull was breathing and able to speak. He was transported to the hospital.
“I’m just grateful that I had that training and that I was there and able to use it,” Lewis told the local news station.
Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AEDs are carried in all of the university’s police vehicles. Officer Rose said it was the first time he had been involved in a rescue using one of the AEDs.