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MARTA police officers restart two hearts at Kensington Station

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MARTA police officers restart two hearts at Kensington Station


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The inside of the Kensington MARTA Station. Source: Wikimedia Commons

MARTA police officers assisted with two medical emergencies April 17. Both incidents occurred at the Kensington Station, but were unrelated.

“At 8:48 a.m., Officer K. Softley, Corporal M. Woodward, Officer in Training B. Dennis, and Sgt. L. Martin were alerted to a man who was in cardiac arrest,” MARTA said in a press release. “The officers acted quickly, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until he regained consciousness. The man was alert and speaking with officers when transported to the hospital but suffered another medial event at the hospital and died.”

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Their work with the AEDs wasn’t done.

“Just over an hour later, the same officers were called to a medical emergency in the bus loop at Kensington,” the press release says. “Officer Softley and Corporal Woodward once again used the AED and CPR to regain the heartbeat of a man who had gone into cardiac arrest. The man remains in stable condition.”

MARTA equipped all stations with AEDs in 2009 and all MARTA Police Officers are trained in CPR. The devices have saved four lives within the last three years.

“The fact that there were two separate cardiac arrests at the same station just an hour apart is rather remarkable. I’m proud of the way the officers responded,”  MARTA Police Chief Wanda Y. Dunham said.

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