August 19, 2013
Two local men are alive today to tell their story all thanks to one Albemarle County Police officer who performed CPR on them this year.
Adrian Chance is one of those men who was dead for 10 whole minutes before he was revived by Officer Timothy Carrico of the Albemarle County Police Department last September.
"It was around 3 in the morning and my wife flipped me over in the bed and my eyes were bugging out and my lips turned blue," Chance said as he talked about the first of four times he died in the past year.
And that was the night Officer Carrico responded to his Albemarle County home and performed CPR for several minutes before he was revived and sent to the hospital.
Chance says Carrico even visited him and his family at the hospital the next day even though he was in a coma.
“I don't know what a hero really feels like, I was just happy it turned out like this,” said Carrico.
Just last week he was first to respond to a man who was in cardiac arrest and not breathing. He did CPR on the man and kept him breathing until paramedics arrived shortly after.
“Every second counts, so the quicker you are able to get CPR on that person the higher likelihood that that person will be able to survive that incident,” says Carrico.
Officer Carrico was able to perform CPR in both situations, but he says he doesn't feel like a hero, he was just doing his job.
"It's a good feeling to get that type of outcome,” says Carrico. “So often in police work, we get there and see a lot of negative outcomes, so it's nice to be able to get this type of outcome and be able to help someone in the time of need."
And for Adrian Chance, since he was saved the first time, it saved not only his life and family members lives. Doctors could not understand why three, then six weeks after the first incident he stopped breathing in the middle of the night. Doctors said after having no oxygen sent to the brain for more than eight minutes, there is a slight chance one would live and there would be brain damage.
Eventually, they found Chance has a genetic disease called L2QT3 syndrome and now his entire family is being tested to prevent any of this happening to them.
"So I am so grateful for Officer Carrico," he said. "You just don't know if this is gonna be your last day. It's not like we're living in fear we're living with a bit more intentionality of just you know this was a day that's been given and hey I'm gonna live it accordingly and Im thankful for that."
“Training is very important for all of the officers, therefore they are able to respond and it's more of an instinct,” says Carter Johnson, PIO for the ACPD. “So we want to make sure that if they receive a call like this, they are prepared.”
Each year officers at the ACPD have to get training in CPR and Officer Carrico's two life-saving situations prove that the training is beneficial.