The emergency was a massive heart attack, triggering, as it turned out, a set of events that too often spell tragedy. Gray, a music critic for the Houston Press, can be seen in surveillance video collapsed on the train tracks as a Good Samaritan lifts him up and onto the rail platform and then calls to Zepeda for help. Zepeda responds quickly, continuing the chain of survival – clearing Gray’s airway, beginning chest compressions and enlisting the aid of fellow officer Wagner. The two can be seen alternating lifesaving maneuvers until Houston Fire Department’s EMS crews are able to take over.
METRO Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said, “The training first responders receive is critical to the performance of their jobs, but citizens have a vital role in making sure the links come together. It goes back to the staple “If you see something, say something,” and the reason an alert, engaged public is the first step in the chain of survival.”
The five links in the adult Chain of Survival:
- Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of emergency response system
- Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions
- Rapid defibrillation
- Effective advanced life support
- Integrated post-cardiac arrest
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