PDX People Act Together for Life-Saving Teamwork
When an abandoned vehicle report came in, the folks investigating the situation never expected to uncover a story of life-saving heroics. What might have just been a ticket and a tow soon became a nomination for a team of nine employees at our PDX People Quarterly Awards.
The unattended truck belonged to Kevin, a PDX construction worker who was out on the tarmac by the Concourse E extension when he noticed his heart was beating too fast. He stopped to take a break indoors, but still didn’t feel well after resting. Starting to feel concerned, he decided he needed a second opinion.
Kevin drove over to the front of the terminal where the Port Police park their vehicles, knowing an officer was likely to be nearby. He spotted Officer Skip Baker and described what he was experiencing. Officer Baker immediately called emergency personnel and, under the guidance of dispatcher Tracy Bowser, collected Kevin’s health information while they waited for the paramedics.
A few minutes later, emergency medical technicians Michael Dayton, Levi Favara, Ryan Stapleton, Tyler Thompson, Brandon Yu and Ashley Yukich arrived on the scene. An EEG quickly determined that Kevin’s heart rate was in excess of 200 beats per minute – a life-threatening situation. Paramedics began immediate treatment and loaded Kevin into the ambulance. During this time, Officer Baker provided comfort and reassurance, called Kevin’s wife and his employer, and stayed with Kevin right up until the ambulance doors closed.
Kevin was in the hospital for three days and has since recovered. He and his family are tremendously thankful to Officer Baker and the rest of the team for their help.
“I do believe that the actions of Officer Baker probably saved my life,” Kevin said. “I cannot express my gratitude enough for his quick actions. My family and I owe him a huge thanks."
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