Smartphone app helps off-duty firefighter save man’s life

An off-duty firefighter in Oregon was in the right place at the right time in early May when he got an alert on his phone that someone nearby needed help — a man who had gone into cardiac arrest.

The alerts were from his PulsePoint app, which sends out emergency alerts when someone calls 911 to nearby individuals with the app that can help.

According to KPTV, firefighter Scott Brawner happened to be working out at a health club on May 9 when his music stopped and PulsePoint alerts came through.

“What it did was it shut my music off and then it gave me a series of loud tones,” Brawner told KPTV. “It said right on there CPR needed.”

The app gave him the location of 57-year-old Drew Basse, which was just outside the health club where he was, and he ran and found the man in the parking lot and began CPR until paramedics arrived.

According to The Oregonian, a security guard had found the man lying unconscious and called 911.

“I can’t believe that this thing worked,” Brawner said. “Even now thinking about it, it’s just amazing how fast that whole thing worked.”

Brawner was able to visit the man he saved in the hospital.

“One of the first things he said was, ‘I was dead. You saved my life. I owe you.’” Brawner told KATU. “I said, ‘You owe your family to get better. You don’t owe me anything.”

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