Target workers save woman’s life with AED

The whole incident lasted only 6 minutes

A Heartstart automated external defibrillator at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, May 11, 2015 (KOIN)
A Heartstart automated external defibrillator at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, May 11, 2015 (KOIN)

KEIZER, Ore. (KOIN) — The quick thinking of a Target manager and employee saved the life of a 72-year-old woman who went into cardiac arrest at the store in Keizer Saturday evening.

The woman was on a motorized scooter when someone saw her collapse around 6:35 p.m. The witness called 911, and store employees were all alerted through an alert message.

Manager Brad Dickerson and Austin Snelling found the woman face down. Snelling began CPR and Dickerson brought and used an Automatic External Defibrillator on her chest. The AED was used, CPR was re-applied and the woman woke up.

By the time Keizer emergency responders arrived, the woman was conscious and speaking — less than 6 minutes after the 911 call was placed.

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