Irv and Margaret Johnson of Lynnwood celebrated 59 years of marriage in May thanks to the emergency medical service provided by South County Fire.
On Jan. 5, 2018, Margaret went into cardiac arrest. Her husband Irv performed CPR until emergency personnel could arrive a few minutes later. Irv had taken CPR classes like those offered by South County Fire.
As part of its EMS program, the fire authority trained more than 500 people in hands-only CPR last year. The Johnsons perfectly illustrate what the fire authority says: You are most likely to perform CPR on a loved one so it is a valuable skill to have.
Emergency personnel provided High Performance CPR on scene and while transporting Margaret to an area hospital. High Performance CPR requires as many as 12 trained first responders to do chest compressions with minimal interruption. While labor intensive, it dramatically improves cardiac survival rates for patients.
The Johnsons said they were impressed with the professionalism and skills of the firefighters and paramedics who arrived to help.
“They showed up and got to work without missing a beat,” said Irv Johnson. “They knew exactly what to do and it made all the difference.”
Margaret is expected to make a full recovery and is back at home after a brief hospital stay. Please join us in wishing the Johnsons a Happy Anniversary for many years to come!