Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, a member of Sterling Rescue who works as a Public Affairs Specialist for the National Park Service in Washington DC, was working in her office recently when suddenly a person came running into the building seeking assistance for gentlemen that was on the bus alongside the road having a medical emergency. Jenny ran out of the building to lend assistance and on the way out of the building grabbed an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Upon her arrival, she found the patient to have no pulse and he wasn’t breathing. Jenny applied the AED and on the first shock converted the patient. An ambulance from the DCFD arrived on the scene and the patient, a US Army Officer, was transported to the hospital with pulses.
This is the second time this year that a member of Sterling Rescue has had to use their skills and training while at their place of employment to save a life. In February, Ali Mahboubi, who is a Customer Service Representative with United Airlines, used an AED to save a gentlemen’s life in the midfield terminal.
Learning CPR and having early public access to AEDs does make a difference. These are life skills that do make a difference and can save the life of a loved one, family member, friend, or even a complete stranger.