Sheriff Larry Ashley Thursday presented Lifesaving Awards to two Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies who went to the aid of an unconscious individual at Destin Commons Oct. 7.
Sheriff Ashley said the quick actions of Deputy Richard White and Deputy Tom Henry were critical in preventing the death of a man who had collapsed at a kiosk and was not breathing when they arrived. Deputy White, along with an unknown Good Samaritan, started cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. Deputy Thomas got Deputy White’s AED (automated external defibrillator) from his patrol car and successfully delivered a shock to the man, who was then treated by an ambulance crew.
He was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, recovered, and is reportedly doing well.
An AED is a portable electronic device that can help treat someone suffering from potentially life-threatening heart arrhythmias.