Co-workers and defibrillator help save life of Schick employee

Quick thinking co-workers and the availability of a defibrillator saved the life of a Schick employee on Monday.

It was about 2 p.m. Monday when Milford Fire Dispatch received a call from Schick at 10 Leighton Road stating that a person there was in cardiac arrest.

Rescuers were told that CRP had started at 2:02 p.m., and coworkers also administered two shocks from an automated external defibrillator.

Engine 1, Rescue 1 and the EMS Captain responded at 2:03 p.m. The patient was located in the middle of the manufacturing portion of the plant.

Once at the patient’s side Milford Fire Department paramedics started advanced life support. The patient was transported with fire department paramedics on board by American Medical Response to Milford Hospital and on arrival had a pulse of 54 and blood pressure of 124/73.

The patient was transferred to St. Raphael’s Hospital on Tuesday in an improved condition.

“The City of Milford is a Heart Safe community which means that there are a minimum of 15 public access automated external defibrillators,” said Fire Department Spokesman Kyle Brotherton.

Milford currently has 28 defibrillators in public buildings and many more in private facilities.

“The Milford Fire Department would like to recognize the Schick co-worker’s early actions and activation of 911 to the positive outcome of this call. CPR, early defibrillation and early advanced life support make a difference.”