GOOD NEWS Mechanic Saves Baby's Life After Alert From Cell Phone App
We heard on Fox and Friends this morning about an Idaho mechanic's dramatic rescue of a baby who had stopped breathing. And it was all thanks to an app he had installed on his cell phone.
Jeff Olson had just downloaded an app called Pulse Point, which is designed to notify people in the area of an emergency. In this case, the app alerted him that there was CPR needed urgently near the tire shop where he works.
The emergency 911 call had come from Empire Dance Shop a few blocks away, where a month-old boy suddenly stopped breathing.
Olson, who is also a volunteer EMT, got there just in time and took over administering life-saving procedures. It would still be several more minutes before authorities could arrive.
“I don't think I've ever done CPR on an infant before or even rescue breathing and when I got done I shook for about ten minutes ya know,” he said.
The store employee, Lesley Reckord, called it a "blessing" that Olson arrived on the scene.
More on the incredible story from KXLY-TV in Spokane, Wash.:
SPOKANE, Wash. - A Post Falls baby is alive after suffering a medical emergency only to be saved thanks to a mechanic who learned of the child's condition from a smartphone app.
The incident started at Empire Dance Shop at 131 South Sherman. Store clerk Lesley Reckord, a former lifeguard, heard a baby was turning blue and called 911.
“When you hear that you just pick up the phone and call 911, so I did that and I saw her and she was just saying, 'He's not breathing, he's not breathing,'” Reckord said.
Reckord then put the one month old baby on the ground and began rescue breathing.
Meanwhile Jeff Olson, who works as a master technician at Perfection Tire, located at 604 E. 2nd Avenue, learned about the baby being in distress through Pulse Point, a smartphone app. Through the GPS on his phone, Pulse Point knew he was less than two blocks away and sent Olson a notification.
“It sounded like an Amber Alert, you know how they come out, and so I looked at it and it said CPR needed and it gave the address,” Olson explained.
Olson just happened to be a volunteer EMT for Deer Park Ambulance, so he left the garage and raced to the store two blocks away.
This is the first save since the Spokane Fire Department connected the Pulse Point to its dispatch center.
“The real reason we are so invested in this technology is that you can be a lifesaver,” Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said. “This is one of the only apps that you can download if you know CPR, you can actually save somebody's life.”