Wilsonville Police deputies use AED to save West Linn man after crash

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: May 2, 2012

Media and Interested Parties


Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-12566


VIDEO: Video of the incident is available from the Sheriff's Office FTP site. Contact PIO Sgt. Adam Phillips for details.

At about 11:32 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2012, Wilsonville Police responded to a single-car crash at SW Boeckman Road and SW Laurel Glen Street in Wilsonville. The caller reported the driver was unresponsive and may have had a heart attack.

Wilsonville Police removed the driver -- later identified as Richard Adolphson, age 80, of West Linn -- from the car, after determining he had no pulse.

Deputy Josh Eagle -- assigned to Wilsonville as a Traffic Enforcement Deputy -- was in the Wilsonville Police office when the call came out, and retrieved an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as he left to respond to the call.

Wilsonville Police have three AEDs available to rotate through the deputies.

Deputy John Wildhaber started chest compressions on Mr. Adolphson while Deputy Eagle deployed the AED for use. The AED recommended a shock, which Deputy Eagle delivered.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue personnel arrived and assisted in the rescue. The AED recommended a second shock, which was delivered. TVF&R personnel provided additional medical assistance, and AMR transported Mr. Adolphson to Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center.

Mr. Adolphson is not available for comments, and is under continuing medical care.

"This is a great example of the importance of having first responders who are willing to use CPR and an AED," says TVF&R Public Affairs Officer Brian Barker. "Every minute that you delay CPR and defibrillation, the patient's chance for survival decreases 10%. Even though paramedics and their medically-advanced defibrillator arrive within minutes of a 9-1-1 call, sometimes it's too late.

"TVF&R was proud to partner with Clackamas County to purchase these AEDs for Wilsonville Police. We're glad Wilsonville Police are so proactive and willing to use both CPR and the AEDs in their vehicles."

Contact Info:
Adam Phillips, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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