Nurse, 3 Evans Fitness Club employees honored with lifesaving awards

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 7:16 PM
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It was a normal day in late August at Evans Fitness Club until Joe Thompson started going into cardiac arrest.

Austin Smith (center), Zoe Snook and David Barrett (right) receive awards from Greg Brooks, President of the CSRA Trauma Society, for saving the life of Joe Thompson (far left) after he suffered a heart attack while running on a treadmill.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Austin Smith (center), Zoe Snook and David Barrett (right) receive awards from Greg Brooks, President of the CSRA Trauma Society, for saving the life of Joe Thompson (far left) after he suffered a heart attack while running on a treadmill.

That’s when personal trainer Austin Smith and managers David Barrett and Zoe Snook jumped into action. Their successful efforts to resuscitate Thompson by performing CPR and using a defibrillator were honored Friday by the CSRA Trauma Society.

Also honored at the awards ceremony at Evans Fit­ness was nurse Laura New­man, who performed CPR on 2-year-old Alayna Ish­mael, who nearly drowned in a fountain at Augusta Mall on Aug. 28.

Thompson, who attended the ceremony, was working out on a treadmill when he suffered his attack.

The three heroes who helped save Thompson received CPR training from Greg Brooks, a paramedic, firefighter and trauma society member, but they never thought they’d have to use their lifesaving skills.

“You’d never think in a million years you’d use it,” Smith said. “I’m just happy I paid attention (during training).”

Barrett said Thompson’s face had turned blue by the time he returned with an automated external defibrillator that was stored on the gym’s wall.

“That’s probably the most afraid I’ve ever been,” he said.

Thompson underwent a quadruple bypass and was back in the gym 10 days later.

LEARN CPR

WHAT: Free CPR class taught by the CSRA Trauma Society

WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. today
WHERE: H2U Building of Doctors Hospital, 1305 Interstate Parkway

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/11/13 - 08:13 pm
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Everyone, everyone, everyone

Everyone, everyone, everyone needs to learn CPR! This is a prime example of how you can help save someone's life! You just never know.
You need to ask yourself a question...what would you do if this man had been in front of you and had his heart attack?? The way you'ld react would determine whether he lives or dies. The life of his family and friends could be changed due to what you do or don't do for him.
You can do it. CPR instructors WANT you to learn how, and will do everything to help you.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 10/12/13 - 08:49 pm
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Was this class really free?

Was this class really free? It wasn't free when I took it a few years ago.

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