Bystanders and emergency first responders are being credited with saving the life of a cardiac arrest victim at the National High Schools Finals Rodeo in Sweetwater County, Wednesday night.
Sweetwater Sheriff Mike Lowell says that at about 7:30 PM, the Sweetwater County Combined Communications Center received report of a man suffering a cardiac arrest while in attendance at the NHSF Rodeo in Rock Springs.
Witnesses said the victim, a 72-year-old Indiana man, complained of chest pain, then collapsed in the grandstands.
According to SCSO officials, bystanders began applying CPR, and emergency first responders revived the man by deploying an automated external defibrillator.
The victim was reported to be conscious and alert as he was loaded into the ambulance, then transported to an area hospital in Sweetwater County. He has since been transferred to a hospital in Salt Lake City, where he is currently listed in serious but stable condition and awaiting further medical treatment.
Lowell attributed the man’s survival to the quick thinking and actions of rodeo bystanders and members of the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Springs and Green River Police Departments, the Rock Springs Fire Department, and Sweetwater Medics.
The National High Schools Finals Rodeo continues Friday and Saturday night, in Rock Springs.