Man uses CPR he learned from ‘The Office’ to help save woman

Cross Scott remembered an episode of “The Office” where Michael Scott sings “Staying Alive” while doing chest compressions on a dummy

By EMS1 Staff

TUCSON, Ariz. — A man who had never learned CPR used skills he gained from an episode of “The Office” to help save a woman’s life. reported that Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care shop technician Cross Scott was test driving a customer’s vehicle when he saw another vehicle pulled over with its hazard lights blinking.

He approached the vehicle and saw an unconscious woman slumped over in the driver’s seat, and noticed the car was rolling.

Scott stuck a rock under the wheel and started banging on the woman’s window before breaking it with another rock.

Two women stopped to help and called 911. Scott reached in and unlocked the door, one of the women reclined the woman’s seat, and Scott crawled on top of her.

Scott said he instantly remembered an episode of “The Office” in which Michael Scott, played by Steve Carrell, gives the office a CPR course and performs chest compressions on a dummy to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees — perhaps the only thing the character got right during the “lesson.”

Scott sang the song out loud while giving the woman chest compressions, and said he was only thinking about Michael Scott singing “Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.”

The woman took a breath and threw up after about a minute of CPR, and Scott and the two women rolled her over onto her side.

Scott said that when Tucson Fire Department paramedics arrived, one of them told him situation could have turned out much worse if he hadn’t helped her.

The shop technician went to the hospital to see the woman, who he learned was named Carla, and learned she had already been released.

“All I could think about was picturing her face,” he said. “I had to make sure she was OK. That’s the only reason why I went to the hospital.”

Scott said he now plans to be officially trained in CPR.


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