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Video: Wash. cop saves student with defibrillator

A rare condition caused the boy's heart to stop at school

By EMS1 Staff

KENT, Wash. — Surveillance footage shows a student suddenly collapse on the floor of his high school, as an officer jumps into action and runs for his automated external defibrillator, saving the boy’s life.

Xavier Hunter, 16, collapsed Nov. 6 from a condition he was unaware of at the time that caused an irregularly fast heartbeat. An announcement made over Kent Meridian High School’s PA system alerted Officer Scott Rankin, the school’s resource officer, who ran to his vehicle in the school’s parking lot, returning with a defibrillator.

Rankin used the defibrillator and performed CPR until EMTs arrived at the scene, and Hunter was rushed to the hospital.

“I remember when I woke up in the hospital bed, but I don’t remember anything from before that,” said Hunter.

“He’s a hero. If it wasn’t because if him, I’d be dead, probably.”

“Most of the time, it doesn’t have a story book ending,” said Rankin. “It’s certainly a highlight of my career.”

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Deb Wilson Deb Wilson Sunday, December 09, 2012 4:56:52 PM Early intervention saves lives! I am so happy Xavier is still with us and Officer Rankin was quick to respond!
Walter Waganka Walter Waganka Sunday, December 09, 2012 9:33:17 PM Excellent effort Officer Scott Rankin. Great initiative on the part of your police dept. to put an A.E.D. in your patrol vehicle.
Junie Lee Junie Lee Sunday, December 09, 2012 11:59:18 PM Wow! My salute!:))
Elliot Fisch Elliot Fisch Monday, December 10, 2012 2:07:54 PM Yes, congrats to Officer Rankin and the department for having the AED. It does pose the question, why did he have to get the AED from the car? No AED in the school? What if he wasn't there?
Erin Mercanti Erin Mercanti Tuesday, December 11, 2012 8:06:29 AM Congratulations Officer! What a fantastic job you and your department have done. Truly, you are a hero. It is so great to hear that your department is sending out AEDs in patrol cars. Way to go!
Deb Wilson Deb Wilson Tuesday, December 11, 2012 8:14:05 AM Perhaps it wasn't in the school's budget but hopefully they will see the need for it now!
Steve Kady Steve Kady Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6:39:17 PM WOW! A cop that carries an AED. About the olny thing our cops know is how to use a tazier. Congratulations to Officer Rankin and to whoever had the forthought to put AED's in police cars.
???? ???? ???? ???? Saturday, December 22, 2012 9:03:45 AM I applaud the officer who saved a life.
Harry Buttlicker Harry Buttlicker Sunday, December 23, 2012 3:10:03 PM All schools need people like this officer.

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