Local man gets to celebrate Father’s Day thanks to new cutting edge device


One local family is grateful to be able to celebrate Father’s Day together this year thanks to the quick action of first responders and a new cutting edge device that could be the difference between life and death. 

On the evening of May 7th Marshall County EMTs responded to a call at the Cameron nursing home for a patient that was under cardiac arrest. 

When they arrived EMT’s found staff members had already started CPR on 55 year old Walter Wilson. 

Marshall County EMS, Steve Jenkins said, “The early CPR performed by the nursing home staff, starting the 911 system of getting everything activated played an tremendous part in saving this man’s life.”

EMT’s then placed Wilson on a new device called auto-pulse which they said played a large part in saving his life.  

Marshall County EMS, Andrew Locke said, “The auto-pulse device gives the exact type of compression every time it’s performing on a patient. It also frees up a set of hands because it eliminates us having to perform manual compressions. So instead of one person doing CPR and the other doing interventions, we’re now both able to interventions on a patient.”

These auto-pulse devices were just released county-wide thanks to help from the Marshall County Commissioners.

Now every ambulance will have this cutting edge device that could be the difference between life and death. 

Locke said, “He’s here with us today from the tactics between the nursing home, ourselves as EMS and the great post cardiac care from Wheeling hospital.”

7News had the chance to speak with Wilson. 

He said he’s very thankful to be here today.

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