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Deputies use defibrillator to revive man

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Gazette Staff
August 13, 2008
— Two Rock County Sheriff’s Office deputies used a squad defibrillator to revive a man who had been pronounced dead on arrival.

John C. Ringer, 44, Green Bay, is in fair condition at University Hospital, Madison.


Citizens were performing CPR on Ringer at 11:25 a.m. Thursday at the Rockvale Mobile Home clubhouse, 6219 S. Highway 51, Janesville, when deputies David Rossmiller and Troy Egger arrived.


Ringer was bluish-purple and pulseless, according to sheriff’s office records.


Rossmiller and Egger started doing chest compressions and applied the defibrillator pads to Ringer. The deputies applied a shock to Ringer.


Rossmiller was able to detect a faint pulse after the shock was given, according to the records.


Town of Beloit Emergency Medical Services responders transported Ringer to Beloit Memorial Hospital. He then was transported to University Hospital, Madison.


Town of Beloit fire Capt. Emett Harold said Rock County is fortunate that deputies have defibrillators in their squad cars. Town of Beloit police have them, too, he said.


Because the squads are out and about more often than ambulances, sometimes police or sheriff’s deputies can respond more quickly to the victim of a heart attack, Harold said.



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