03/05/2007

Wis. incident proves value of defibrillators for officers

By Marie Rohde
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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It was 10:35 a.m. on a Sunday when John Schanning collapsed in his Waterford home after a regular workout at the gym. He quickly lost consciousness.

Schanning, his town's only police officer, was lucky. His wife saw him fall and called 911. A Racine County sheriff's deputy was patrolling nearby, and he had a defibrillator in his squad car that had been acquired just the week before.

Schanning still had a pulse when the defibrillator paddles were hooked up to his chest, but within minutes, he had lost his pulse and wasn't breathing.

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