North Myrtle Beach employees recognized for saving heart attack victim

troot@thesunnews.comMarch 19, 2013 

— Three North Myrtle Beach employees were recognized for their role in saving a man’s life after he suffered a heart attack in February at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

Patrick Flynn, Nikki Hawkes and Diane Bartlett were given employee of the month awards during Monday’s meeting for their role in the incident on Feb. 5 when the man collapsed at the center. Bartlett is the center’s assistant director, Flynn the fitness director and Hawkes is a personal trainer.

Employees were notified in the basketball gym that a man was on the floor in front of the bleachers not breathing, according to the release. Bartlett found him and described his coloring as being a “deep purplish, blue.”

The employees started chest compressions and used one of the center’s Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) and a bag valve mask to attend to the man, according to the release. Soon after, the man began breathing again and employees monitored him until North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue officials arrived and took him to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

At the hospital, officials learned the man suffered a heart attack and has since been released from the hospital and is reportedly doing well, according to the release.

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