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Culpeper deputy credited with saving 2 men

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A Culpeper County sheriff’s deputy is being credited with saving two lives in one day this week.

At 12:15 a.m. Thursday Linda Bennett called 911 to report that her 45-year-old son, Rodney, was unconscious on the floor of her home on Dutch Hollow Road.

After alerting rescue personnel and the Sheriff’s Office of a possible cardiac arrest, dispatcher Juanesta Williams provided the mother with CPR instructions.

Minutes later, Deputy Charles Wheeler arrived and began CPR immediately, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Angela Deavers.

After two sets of compression, Wheeler used an automated external defibrillator to get Bennett’s heart beating again, Deavers said. Bennett was taken to Culpeper Regional Hospital for further treatment.

At 7:15 p.m. that same day, Wheeler responded to a suspected heroin overdose at a home in Rixeyville, where he found a 22-year-old man unconscious on a bedroom floor.

According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, Wheeler attached the AED pads. But after being advised not to shock, the deputy started CPR and continued until a rescue unit arrived and a pulse was established.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to Fauquier Hospital and survived, according to the release.

The AED used is one of six that Sheriff Scott Jenkins inherited when he took office in 2012. These devices were subsequently serviced and made ready for emergency use in the courthouse, jail, administrative office and the patrol division.

Jenkins and Deputy Jeremy Johnson, who maintains the AEDs, are also working with officials at the Reva Fire Department to obtain a grant for more AEDs and to make sure that all volunteer and paid first responders are using standard-issue devices.

Jenkins hopes to get one AED for each courthouse floor and one for every patrol car.

“Deputies can often be first on scene of fire and rescue calls, and these incidents are great examples of the need for more AED equipment to save lives,” Jenkins said.

Donnie Johnston:

djohnston@freelancestar.com

 

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