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Lake Oswego police officer uses AED to save woman's life


Lake Oswego police officer uses AED to save woman’s life

A 70-year old woman is on the mend after a Lake Oswego public safety officer used an automatic external defibrillator on her after finding her unresponsive and not breathing.

According to a city of Lake Oswego press release, police and fire personnel were dispatched March 31 to George Rogers Park following a report of a female found lying unresponsive on the walking path near the historic Iron Furnace.

The report came in at about 7:30 a.m. A citizen called 9-1-1 to report that while she was walking her dog in the park, she had come upon an elderly female passed out on the walkway.

Lake Oswego Police Officer Karinya Moisan was the first public safety officer to arrive. She found a 70-year-old female on the ground. After quickly determining that the woman was unconscious and did not have a pulse, Moisan used the defibrillator carried in her police car to administer an electrical shock that restarted the woman’s heart.

Lake Oswego fire and ambulance personnel arrive a short time later and assumed patient care with AMR transporting her to a local hospital. Latest reports suggest the woman is recovering.

This is the second time since LOPD installed AEDs in vehicles that a patrol officer has used the device prior to LOFD or AMR personnel arriving on scene. In both cases, the quick response and willingness of the police officer to administer first aid saved the patient’s life, according to the release.

“The Lake Oswego Fire Department would like to acknowledge both Officer Moisan and the LOPD leadership team for their actions,” a release from the city said. “The level of medical care provided to those who live, work and play in the city has been significantly enhanced since the LOPD leadership team made the decision to equip, train and dispatch police personnel to medical emergencies.”