The life of a man was saved during a funeral at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.
Upper Makefield police said a relative of the veteran being laid to rest collapsed and had a heart attack Friday morning. The man’s family members called 9-1-1 and began CPR.
Police got to the scene in under four minutes and continued CPR while using an automated external defibrillator until members of the Newtown Ambulance Squad, St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Services, and Upper Makefield Fire Company arrived on the scene.
The man was rushed to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown and stabilized, police said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as we know their loved one is not out of the woods yet, but we will continue to pray for a full recovery,” officers posted on Facebook.
Across the United States, sudden cardiac arrest impacts 350,000 people of all ages every year. Nine out of 10 victims die from the condition, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.
A quick response by emergency responders, use of a defibrillator and CPR can change outcomes for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
Police urged residents to learned CPR.