Submitted by the Carson City Fire Department
The Carson City Fire Department recently presented local Starbucks employees Nicole Cisneros, Andrew Tuell, Allison Galloway, Brittany Stanley, and Alicia Allen with the Lifesaving Award for their extraordinary diligence in performing lifesaving intervention while CCFD paramedics raced to the scene.
On May 12th, 9-1-1 Dispatch received an emergency medical call from the North Carson Street Starbucks Coffee Shop. Employees told 9-1-1 that a customer was losing consciousness and becoming unresponsive. The dispatchers immediately began providing CPR. Despite not having formal training the Starbucks employees performed the lifesaving procedure flawlessly.
Upon arrival, paramedics immediately recognized the extraordinary effort each of the coffee shop workers made to preserve the patient’s brain function until further measures could be taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing. By providing continuous chest compressions and regulated artificial air ventilation, the Starbucks employees definitely contributed to the patient’s survival. Arriving Firefighter/Paramedics began deploying their AutoPulse device which performs perfect CPR with no interruptions.
Firefighter/Paramedics rushed the patient to the hospital. Upon arrival the patient had a good heartbeat, good blood pressure and excellent oxygen. The patient was sent to the Intensive Care Unit to recover. He was eventually discharged and sent home.
Nicole Cisneros, Andrew Tuell, Allison Galloway, Brittany Stanley, and Alicia Allen stepped into a role they never anticipated. Carson City Fire Department’s responders reported that on their arrival they observed the CPR going very well – in fact, paramedics thought the employees might have received previous training. To be sure, the Starbuck employees were the first responders and deserve community recognition and praise for their heroic success.