Stephanie's Heroes: UVA Police Officers Save Employee's Life

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

February 25, 2013

Two UVa Police officers say they were in the right place at the right time. Their quick response and CPR helped to save an employee's life. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes I'm featuring Sgt. Casey Acord and Officer Yong Bacon.

When Sgt. Casey Acord and Officer Yong Bacon walk the halls of Munford dorm, they're often reminded of a call they responded to in 2012.

A custodian suffered a cardiac arrest in a break room and needed medical attention.

Sgt. Acord was the first on the scene followed by Officer Bacon.

“I did not bring an automated external defibrillator or AED,” said Sgt. Casey Acord, UVa Police Department.

That's because Sgt. Acord is usually a shift commander and not out patrolling and because of that he doesn't carry the same equipment in his car.

“I requested another officer to bring one at that time. The officer showed up seconds later, but it seemed like minutes. At that time we went ahead and began to set up the pads on the patients,” said Sgt. Acord.

After using the AED on the woman, they began CPR on the break room floor.

She (Bacon) began assisting in chest compressions. I was giving breaths. We were taking turns,” said Sgt. Acord.

The woman still had no heartbeat.

“At that time rescue arrived on the scene and we felt that we had failed. We didn't think that we had done what we were supposed to do,” said Sgt. Acord.

Quickly, some good news came from rescue workers on the scene.

“It was great feeling and at the same time relief,” said Officer Young Bacon, UVa Police Department.

“I remember looking at the two officers I was with at the time and we just smiled and we just couldn't believe what we had heard. We actually had to ask again… what was that I hear? “They said we have a heartbeat.” said Sgt. Acord.

The officers tell say doctors at the hospital say their rapid response made all the difference in the custodian’s recovery. While that may be the case they say they're no heroes and that saving lives is all a part of their jobs.

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