ST. GEORGE, Utah — The St. George Police Department gave one of its officers a Life Saving Award for performing CPR on a man in August.
Officer A. Brown was on his way home after finishing a shift when he found several vehicles stopped in a roadway. Brown found several bystanders were trying to help Bill Erickson, who had suffered a heart attack and was not breathing. Brown performed CPR on Erickson and was able to get him breathing again.
"Bill’s cardiologist told the family that his blockage was in the main left artery of the heart and that specific blockage is referred to as the widow maker. The cardiologist explained that when bystanders perform CPR on someone with that blockage the survival rate is less than 3%. They credited Officer Brown’s first responder CPR as directly saving Bill’s life," a Facebook post from St. George Police said. "Officer Brown’s actions on August 12th reflect his personal commitment to serving the citizens of our community."