HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -Some quick thinking by Good Samaritans and the work of two, Honolulu Police officers helped save a man’s life during Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon.
Around 8 a.m., a runner collapsed and nearly died while on the course, a Hawaii Pacific Health provider told Hawaii News Now.
He didn’t have a pulse and Good Samaritans, including a paramedic from Japan, jumped into action and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Dr. James Ireland said.
Honolulu Police Officers Cody Peer and James Saffery, both part of the bicycle detail were able to navigate through the traffic and arrive ahead of the ambulance.
Along the way, the officers found a marathon aid van and requested the defibrillator, or AED.
On scene, Officer Peer took over for the Good Samaritans who had already been doing CPR for about six minutes, “Figured maybe they needed a break giving compressions," she said.
Officer Saffery also took a turn doing CPR until the AED was ready to go.
The device shocked the man and by the time the ambulance arrived, he was conscious.
“To finally see him sit up in the ambulance, it was really good, it was a nice feeling,” said Officer Saffery, who was a trained nurse before joining HPD.
The runner, also a visitor from Japan, was upgraded from critical to serious condition at the hospital.