How to Save a Life

Steve Bertone, Olympic Steel Chambersburg

Steve Bertone uses recent CPR training to save a life

When Steve Bertone attended first aid/CPR training in July at our Chambersburg, PA division, he didn’t know he would need to use it so soon. About a month later, Steve, who works as a second shift CNC operator, noticed an elderly man who appeared to be in some sort of distress. The man, who was in his parked car, told Steve he had recently had a stent placed during cardiac surgery. The man then slumped against the steering wheel, unconscious and not breathing.

Steve immediately took action, got the man out of the car and started performing CPR. A call was made to 911, and Steve continued with CPR until the ambulance arrived four or five minutes later. The paramedics at the scene shook Steve’s hand, telling him that he did a great job. The best news of all is the patient survived, thanks to Steve’s quick reaction and his training. Steve said, “During the event, there was no thought; I just did what had to be done. Afterwards, I was pretty ecstatic!”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival if it’s performed within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest. That’s exactly why many of our divisions are training employees as first responders. In addition, all Olympic Steel locations have an automated external defibrillator (AED), which is a sophisticated – yet easy-to-use – medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and deliver an electrical shock when necessary to re-establish the heartbeat.

Steve, many kudos to you for taking action and putting your recent Olympic training to such good use.

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