GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Quick thinking saves the life of a man suffering from a heart-attack in downtown Telluride, which begs the question, "is Grand Junction prepared for a situation like this"?
The short answer is yes, and the way many cities and towns help those suffering from a heart-attack is with an Automated External Defibrillator, also known as an AED.
These small, mobile defibrillators are automated which means they can be used by anyone, because they're programed to talk the user through each step.
In a similar event, the Grand Junction Fire Department recommends having one person perform CPR while another person calls 911 while tracking down one of these AEDs.
"AEDs are located in public places throughout our community, so you'll find them in schools, hospitals, public gathering spaces, areas where there's large populations like the airport or the mall", says Ellis Thompson-Ellis the Community Outreach Specialist for the GJFD.
Keep this information in mind and you could very well save a life.
You can fine AEDs typically in county buildings, schools, hospitals, airports, public gathering spaces, event centers, malls, and certain businesses.