App helped off-duty firefighter save man’s life

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighter/paramedic Scott Brawner (right) meets Drew Basse (left), the man he helped save thanks to the PulsePoint app on his phone. (Clackamas Fire District #1)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighter/paramedic Scott Brawner (right) meets Drew Basse (left), the man he helped save thanks to the PulsePoint app on his phone. (Clackamas Fire District #1)

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (KOIN 6) — An off-duty Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighter/paramedic helped save a man’s life earlier this month thanks to a smartphone app.

The app called PulsePoint is connected to 911 and alerts people trained in CPR to emergencies near their location.

While Scott Brawner was working out at a local health club on May 9, the app alerted him to a man who had gone into cardiac arrest in the parking lot just outside the gym.

“I didn’t really think about doing it. It just happened that way, and I just wish that if you have this app, or if you just have the ability to help your neighbor, don’t even think about it – just do the right thing. It makes such a big difference in everybody’s life,” said Brawner.

The man Brawner helped save was 57-year-old Drew Basse from Milwaukie. The two had the opportunity to meet at Adventist Medical Center in Portland on May 17.

“This app saved my Dad’s life,” said Drew Basse’s 31-year-old son, Shane. “We’re so grateful to the PulsePoint Foundation for creating this life-saving app, Scott Brawner for his heroic actions and Clackamas Fire for not only their quick response, but also for adopting this technology.”

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