News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, 5:20 p.m.
Please reference CCSO Case #16-34138
Yesterday, Deputy Jodi Westerman saved a life after a traffic crash.
At 4:16 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14, Deputy Westerman -- a Traffic Unit deputy with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office -- was dispatched to a traffic crash on the 17000 block of SE 82nd Ave. in Clackamas County.
This was one of many traffic incidents during the region's winter storm yesterday. But this one was complicated by a medical issue involving a driver -- who needed help, fast.
Deputy Westerman arrived at the scene. A 60-year-old male driving a 2004 Nissan pickup had suffered a medical emergency and collided with a 2002 Hyundai 2door in the middle of SE 82nd Drive, while the Hyundai was stopped in heavy traffic.
The operator of the Hyundai was uninjured as a result of the collision. But the 60-year-old driver of the Nissan was unconscious and not breathing.
Deputy Westerman responded quickly. She dragged the unconscious male out of the Nissan and gave him CPR. She then deployed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) -- a portable device that delivers electrical therapy during cardiac arrhythmia.
Within 4 minutes of Deputy Westerman's arrival, the AED had restarted the male's heart.
Deputy Westerman continued to render aid until paramedics arrived.
The male was transported to a local hospital -- where at this writing (Thursday, Dec. 15, 5:00 p.m.) he is conscious and alert.
Congratulations to Deputy Westerman for her quick thinking that saved a life.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office