Wednesday, October 3, 2012
DALLAS -- Steve LaTulippe, a Dallas doctor, was riding his bike home from work one evening in August when he noticed something out of the ordinary.
Dr. Steve LaTuilippe
He was making his way down Main Street in downtown Dallas and saw a Polk County Sheriff's patrol vehicle pulled off to the side of the road and a woman on her phone.
Taking a closer look, he saw an officer -- Polk County Sheriff's Sgt. Tyrone Jenkins -- performing chest compressions on a man.
"I thought I better head over and see what is happening," he recalled. "He (the man) was not looking good."
The man was in cardiac arrest after collapsing while running. When LaTulippe checked his vital signs, he had no pulse and wasn't breathing.
Sgt. Tyrone Jenkins
Within minutes an ambulance and crew of paramedics arrived on the scene. They used a defibrillator and after two shocks were able to revive the man. LaTulippe stayed on scene, assuring the man was given the proper medication and treatment.
"He looked like he was stable when he was put in the ambulance," LaTulippe said.
The crew rushed the man to West Valley Hospital, and then to Salem Hospital for treatment.
Dallas Emergency Medical Service Coordinator Todd Brumfield said the man, whose name was not released by officials, is at home undergoing rehabilitation.
"As far as I know, he's doing fine," Brumfield said. "He's at home doing physical therapy, but he's alive today."
Brumfield said if Jenkins, LaTulippe and the woman who called 9-1-1 hadn't seen the man within about eight minutes of his collapse, he likely would not have survived.
LaTulippe and Jenkins -- who Latulippe said "was doing awesome chest compressions" -- were recognized for their lifesaving efforts in the last week.
Dallas EMS surprised LaTulippe with an award presentation at his South View Medical Arts office on Thursday. Jenkins is being recognized Wednesday (today) at the Polk County Board of Commissioners meeting.
"To get a guy back who is home and fully functional, that's a good deal," Brumfield said. "We will take that one as a win."