Man’s life saved with AED at Saskatoon car dealership

Thanks to the quick actions of staff at a Saskatoon car dealership, an employee’s life was saved with the help of an onsite defibrillator. Vytai Brannan / Global News

SASKATOON – Quick action by staff at a Saskatoon car dealership helped save the life of a fellow employee.

Ted Brown, 65, was working at Wheaton GMC Buick Cadillac on March 31, when he collapsed at noon and went into cardiac arrest.

His co-workers immediately started CPR and called 9-1-1.

When paramedics arrived, the patient had converted to a viable heart rhythm after one shock from an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The dealership’s general manager says they couldn’t have done it without the purchase of an AED around three years ago.

“We had a team of employees that responded very quickly,” said Scott Cook, general manager at Wheaton GMC Buick Cadillac.

“Had we not provided that training and had that defibrillator on site, it could’ve been a very different outcome.”

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Brown was taken to Royal University Hospital and has since recovered.

MD Ambulance says 16 people are alive today because of Saskatoon businesses that have bought an AED.

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