Bismarck Police Officer Thanks the Community for Helping a Man in Distress

A Bismarck Police Officer wrote a letter to the community on Facebook, to thank community members who stepped up to help rescue a man in need.

On Saturday, two officers were working the West Region Basketball tournament at a packed Civic Center.

They noticed people running up and down the aisles, one carrying an AED, which is a portable defibrillator used to help those going through sudden cardiac arrest.

When the officers got to the section where the man in distress was, they found several people already helping out. 

One was a medical professional there to watch the game. He was giving the man chest compressions and CPR. Another doctor in the crowd was the one who ran to get the AED.

Officer Brett Anderson adds, “We actually had to almost turn people away saying that we had too much help because we had so many people saying, ‘Hey I’m a nurse’ or ‘I know CPR’ or something. There were just so many people that came to his aid. It was awesome to see.”

Officer Anderson says he doesn’t know exactly what condition the man is in today, but he assured us, he is okay.

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