by: PHOTO COURTESY CLACKAMAS FIRE - Sixty-year-old Gheorge Lupu (wearing the black hat and yellow shirt) joins some of his rescuers after a Clackamas Fire District Board meeting last week.Clackamas Fire District No. 1 honored six members of the Greater Portland Soccer Club with “Citizen Life Saving Awards” last week for their efforts in reviving 60-year-old Gheorge Lupu at a prep school east of Milwaukie.

Lupu suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on Oct. 14 while playing a soccer game at La Salle Catholic College Prep in a men’s 40-and-over soccer league.

Bystanders rushed to Lupu’s aide and found him unconscious and not breathing. The group, including a doctor and off-duty paramedic called 911, initiated CPR and retrieved a nearby Automatic External Defibrillator from the school gym.

Using the AED, bystanders were able to deliver one lifesaving shock, bringing Lupu back into a viable heart rhythm. Clackamas Fire crews provided advanced life support to stabilize Lupu on scene before he was transported to Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center by American Medical Response

The six soccer club members received the honor at the Fire District’s regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting on Nov. 19 held at Mt. Scott Fire Station, 9339 S.E. Causey Ave., Happy Valley.

A short reception for the rescuers, survivors and their families was held after the award presentation.

Clackamas Fire spokesman Brandon Paxton said this story demonstrates the importance of knowing CPR and utilizing those skills. In this case, the AED that was used from the school was purchased in part by Clackamas Fire in attempt to centralize AEDs throughout the community. Clackamas Fire would like to encourage people to go and learn CPR, Paxton said.

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