Port of Edmonds staff members take quick action to save a life

Luke Brisse (far left), Ian Todd (third from left) and Conner Laursen (second from right) participated in the life-saving measures taken Friday. (Photo courtesy Port of Edmonds)

Port of Edmonds staff members were quick to act Friday morning when a transport driver experienced sudden cardiac arrest while backing up a truck at the port’s public boat launch.

Port of Edmonds staff members Ian Todd and Luke Brisse pulled the unconscious driver from the truck and performed chest compressions. Along with the assistance from a bystander, the two port employees then used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to elicit an electrical shock before continuing on with more chest compressions.

“These life-saving measures successfully restored the driver’s breathing and consciousness,” Port of Edmonds spokesperson Brittany Williams said. First responders including Edmonds police and EMTs quickly responded to the scene and provided additional medical care, she added.

According to Williams, all Port of Edmonds employees receive regular CPR and AED training so that they can respond to such situations. “We are incredibly proud of our team today,” she said. “Both Ian and Luke, as well as the other port staff members who were on site and helped with the emergency, should be commended for their focused, efficient and courageous response. This situation also highlights the importance of having easily accessible AEDs in public settings, along with the training to use them properly.

“The entire Port of Edmonds staff is wishing the very best for the driver and hopes he makes a full and smooth recovery,” Williams said.

    1. Great quick response guys with the training to handle emergencies like this. Especially important being on the water side of the tracks that may be blocked by trains delaying fire response

  1. Great work! Shows what can be done when you work as a team. So glad the driver is ok and wish him a speedy recovery.

  2. Those initial first minutes are vital in CPR!
    Well done Port in conducting training for all of your employees AND for these three first aid hero’s!

  3. Exactly as expected from this extraordinary group. The Port, and the Community as a whole, are richer because of them.

  4. Thank you, Ian, Luke, Conner, and others for your quick and effective response to this emergency. You help to make our Port and community safer.

    Very, very well done to you all!

    Best wishes to the driver for a complete and speedy recovery.

  5. Thanks to Todd, Luke, and the bystander for their quick thinking and skill in a stressful situation. That truck driver could just as easily have been a friend, family member, or me! My tax dollars are well spent in training for Port of Edmonds employees, for life saving equipment like AEDs, and for emergency responders. I find it comforting to know that city officials of my town work to ensure that an infrastructure exists which promotes safety.

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