Have you bought any AEDs on eBay recently? A Washington man has been accused of stealing AEDs and selling them on the popular Internet bidding site.
Derrick Davis, 40, allegedly stole 13 defibrillators from Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority facilities where he works. Although the valued total loss was about $18,000, Davis sold each unit for a much lower price.
The alleged thief was eventually arrested after undercover officers contacted him through eBay and made an arrangement to purchase one of the stolen goods for $300. After the transaction was carried through, Davis was charged with theft and suspended from his job. Officials say more charges may be filed.
We give a big thumbs down to Davis. Stealing from public services is awful enough, but taking devices that are meant to save lives is downright deplorable. We are thankful no one needed to use the AEDs during Davis’ spree, and encourage companies and individuals to buy used AEDs from reputable sources.
Arriving to your senior prom with someone else’s blood staining your white dress may seem like something from a Stephen King novel, but for Krista Pulcini, saving a family inside a flipped minivan was more important than keeping her dress white.
Pulcini and 19 of her fellow classmates were riding in a limo on the way to prom when a car right in front of them hit a center divider on Interstate 595 in Florida and rolled. The high school students shouted at the limo driver to pull over so they could help.
“The only thing I remember is them yelling, ‘Get out of the car! Give me your hand! Do something!’” says Karen Exalien, the driver of the crashed car, to local news station WPLG.
Because student Peter Kim was CPR certified, he had been instructed on how to respond calmly during emergencies and kept
Exalien calm when she was worried about her child.
“She was screaming, ‘Where’s my baby,’” Kim told WPLG. “I went over, grabbed the baby, and told her ‘your baby is fine.’”
“I was like, are they coming from a wedding? We just ruined these people’s wedding,” said Exalien. “I can’t thank them enough. They really did their thing that day.”
We applaud the swift, selfless actions of these students for putting the well-being of the victims ahead of this traditional school dance and providing crucial help before an ambulance could arrive.
Like Paramedic, Like Patient
When 2-month-old Rivers Quibodeaux was found unresponsive in his crib in late February, his parents Emily and Jules immediately began CPR. After a 9-1-1 call transferred them to Acadian Ambulance, three paramedics were able to arrive and transfer Rivers to flight paramedic Brady Wanersdorfer and his coworker. After a few weeks in the hospital, the infant was deemed to have no neurological damage.
“Seeing Rivers doing so well is amazing, and it truly brings to light the importance of early CPR,” said Wanersdorfer. “If his parents wouldn’t have begun CPR right away, he wouldn’t be here today. They are the true heroes.”
Wanersdorfer knows the importance of bystander CPR, because he also went into cardiac arrest as a baby and was only able to survive because his father provided the life-saving method.
The five paramedics recently reunited with the now 5-month-old, but Wanersdorfer also regularly visited him in the hospital and received updates from his parents in the three months following the call.
Kudos to the Quibodeaux’s for taking the initiative to learn CPR and use it when their child was in danger, and to Wanersdorfer and his coworkers for continuing to provide a higher standard of patient-provider relationship.