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Lifeguard Performs CPR Off The Clock


CPR is a procedure all lifeguards are trained to do, but it's one many hope they never have to use.

For one Bismarck lifeguard she ended up using her CPR training off the clock, to help save a man's life.

<<"I felt like I was in the right place at the right time," Kailey Gansen said.

This is Kailey Gansen's first summer as a lifeguard at Elks Swimming Pool in Bismarck and already her training has been useful.

"One of the things that was going through my head was I just took this class in the spring and I'm like oh my gosh this is happening, my adrenaline started going and I said I need to do the act I really need to help this guy," Gansen said.

It was here along University Drive Monday morning when Kailey was headed to class at the University of Mary when she noticed somebody on the side of the road who needed help.

"There's a road to Lincoln going like a "T" and I look over and there's a van pulled over and a bunch of people like just standing and I happen to look over and there's a guy laying on the ground," Gansen said.

That's when Gansen pulled over, got out of her car and ran to help.

"And they didn't speak English very well, and I said is there anything I can do, and they say, no CPR and that's when I realized they need help," Gansen said.

She then ran back to her car and grabbed this red lifeguard bag, something she always carries in her vehicle.

"Which has the breathing apparatus and by the time I got back to the gentlemen, he had turned blue and I checked his pulse, he had no pulse he wasn't breathing, he was unconscious, he wasn't responding to my voice so I began CPR," Gansen said.

Gansen says the man finally got a pulse, so she continued to do rescue breaths until the fire department showed up and took over.

As far as the condition of the man who needed CPR, Gansen says she's not sure of his condition.

"I don't know and I don't really want to know because it's been really tough on me, since it's my first time, I've had a tough time trying to sleep now, but it's worth it though, worth that the guy is out there and hopefully alive.">>

Gansen says her experience was much different than she expected.

She says giving CPR to a human is much different than on the dummy she used for her CPR training.


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