06/12/2000

POLICE USE HEART UNIT IN RESCUE

Wisconsin State Journal -- DeForest police officers used a portable defibrillator Friday to save a man whose heart and breathing stopped outside the DeForest Family Restaurant, where the man was replacing an air conditioning unit. Electrician Roger Lueder, 57, of Portage, was reported in serious, but stable condition late Friday afternoon at St. Mary's Hospital. Lueder apparently was overcome by heat stroke and stopped breathing, police said. Officers James Sturdevant and Sally Walker were sent to the restaurant at 12:14 p.m. Sturdevant grabbed the automatic, external defibrillator and hooked it to Lueder, then shocked him three times, Police Chief Mike O'Brien said. Walker and Sturdevant then performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Lueder. ''He went from dead to talking again,'' O'Brien said. Restaurant owner Jack Amiti said Lueder had lain down for a while, after saying he felt unwell, but resumed working. ''I told him last night he should do the work at night, because it is hot,'' Amiti said, ''but he said no, that his wife worked during the day.'' It was Sturdevant's second, hands-on experience with the defibrillator. Last month, he revived a 54-year-old DeForest woman. ''He said it was much easier the second time,'' O'Brien said. All four DeForest squad cars are equipped with the defibrillators, purchased with money from a 1999 Save a Life campaign. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, last month introduced a bill that would provide $ 25 million in grants over three years to help buy defibrillators for use in rural areas.

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