Fire District 1 honors HSAC employees, members for saving man’s life

Those honored at Harbor Square Athletic Club last week include, front row: Eric Brunson and Kevin Kleyla, both personal trainers; patient Larry Carpenter and his wife Wendy; Mark Lainhart, club member and Jeff Bahm, club manager. Back row: Assistant Fire Chief Tom Tomberg, Battalion Chief Doug Dahl, paramedics Tom Flett and Jeff Sarchin, Dr. Duncan Riddell, club member; Greg Boland, club marketing director and Janene Rae, Red Cross health and safety director.

He had no pulse and he wasn’t breathing, but Larry Carpenter is alive and doing well today thanks to the quick action of five men who came to his aid when he collapsed during his workout at Harbor Square Athletic Club in Edmonds in April.

On June 3, Snohomish County Fire District 1 honored the athletic club and the team of employees and club members who saved Carpenter’s life by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and by using an automatic external defibrillator to restore his heart rhythm.

“Immediate treatment is crucial to surviving sudden cardiac arrest. In this case, we had quick action by citizens trained in CPR and AED use, followed up with prompt advanced care provided paramedics and doctors,” said Fire District 1 Chief Ed Widdis.

This is the second time the AED at Harbor Square Athletic Club has been used to save a life. “We applaud Harbor Square Athletic Club for making this lifesaving technology available and training their employees in CPR,” Widdis said.

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