Off-Duty EMS Chief Saves Man’s Life

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, off-duty Clackamas Fire District #1 Division Chief Bill Conway was in the right place at the right time to help save a citizen’s life. Division Chief Conway, accompanied by his wife, were shopping at the Grocery Outlet located at 15810 SE McLoughlin Blvd. in Oak Grove when they heard someone crash to the floor. Store Employees called 911 immediately and Chief Conway assessed the patient and found him to be unconscious and not breathing. Division Chief Conway began chest compressions as Clackamas Fire firefighter/paramedics and American Medical Response units responded to the scene. The patient was defibrillated twice and regained a pulse. The patient was then transported to a local hospital and is doing well.

Division Chief Conway serves as the Fire District’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief and has been instrumental in helping both first responders and citizens learn hands-only CPR and the use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED). Under Chief Conway’s leadership and vision, over 43,000 local students and citizens have learned hands-only CPR, AED’s have been funded and placed in local law enforcement vehicles and businesses throughout Clackamas County, and the Pulse Point app is available to alert bystanders when a cardiac arrest occurs near them. We believe that the strength of an entire community fighting side-by-side will ultimately prove to be more powerful than the nation’s number one killer — heart disease.

Clackamas Fire would like to remind everyone that you can be a citizen hero too — learn hands-only CPR, call 911 early, access an AED for cardiac arrest victims, and download the Pulse Point app.