Theresa Whalen was visiting Hillsboro when she saved heart attack victim

by: HILLSBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT - Theresa Whalen receives a Life-Saver Award from Hillsboro Fire Administrative Chief Scott Malone and Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey (left) for using C-P-R to save a man's life on September 18.
The Hillsboro Fire Department honored a Lake Oswego woman Tuesday night for saving the life of a man stricken by an apparent heart attack.

Theresa Whalen was presented with a Life -Saver Award at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

The award was presented by Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey and Hillsboro Fire Administrative Chief Scott Malone.

"This is a perfect example of the partnership of citizen bystanders and emergency responders in saving lives." said

Whalen was visiting her mother in the Orenco neighborhood of Hillsboro on Sept. 18 when she spotted a man slumped to the ground. Two teens were attempting to notify 9-1-1 of the location, but needed assistance with the street address.

Whalen jumped from her car, notified the 9-1-1 dispatcher of the correct address, and began administering Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. When Hillsboro firefighter/paramedics arrived, they took over patient care and used their external heart defibrillator to return the patient's heartbeat to a normal rhythm.

When the patient left the hospital on Sept. 25, doctors said he suffered no neurological deficits from his brush with death. The patient's name is not being released due to patient privacy laws.

"With the quick application of C-P-R, the patient has a far greater chance of survival that waiting for our crews to respond even though we're just minutes away," said Malone.

To increase the number of area citizens certified in C-P-R, the Hillsboro Fire Department will hold a class at 1:00 p.m. on on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Cherry Lane Fire Station #6, located at 21880 NW Cherry Lane. The cost of the 5-hour class is $40 and covers C-P-R, basic first aid and automatic external defibrillators. Credit cards will be accepted.

Those attending must preregister by calling Shauna Schmidlin at 503-681-3901.

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