Off-Duty Coast Guardsmen revive possible heart-attack victim

JUNEAU, Alaska – Two off-duty Coast Guard members with Station Juneau revived a man who reportedly suffered a heart attack in his car around 7:15 a.m. today.

Chief Petty Officer Ryan O’Meara, the officer in charge at Coast Guard Station Juneau, and Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Canepa, the executive officer at Coast Guard Station Juneau, were driving to work when they noticed a vehicle stopped on Mendenhall Loop Road. They quickly went to identify the problem when a woman told them that her husband had suffered a heart attack in the front seat of the vehicle.

O’Meara and Canepa immediately carried the man to the curb, commenced chest compressions and rescue breaths, and revived him. “Canepa checked and found no pulse but the airway was clear,” said O’Meara. “We were quickly able to resuscitate the victim.”

The victim would relapse and was revived approximately four times before Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene to continue treatment and transport the man to Bartlett Hospital.

Condition of the victim is unknown.

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