Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Mike Vavro, an Akron police officer and member of St. Paul Parish, is credited with rescuing a woman in distress by calling for a defribilator and administering CPR at the Giant Eagle store on Waterloo Road.
The woman’s heart attack could have been fatal or caused brain injury if Vavro, working as an off-duty police officer at the store on March 5, had not acted quickly.
Seeing the woman in distress, Vavro called for an AED (automated external defribillator) which luckily was available at the store.
Vavro, who has 17 years on the force, is a patrol officer in the city's traffic bureau. His usual duties include accident investigations, traffic, radar and DUI enforcement. Medical emergencies, not so much.
But his police training included CPR and he went into action for a couple of rounds until paramedics showed up.
Lt. Rick Edwards, Akron police spokesman, said it's not every day that an officer gets a chance to save someone's life. While such heroics are routine in the fire department, a police officer has to be in the right place at the right time, and that's what happened here.
The woman, whose identity was not released, was transported to Akron City Hospital.
Vavro was featured in a news article in Wednesday's Beacon Journal on page B4. He also was interviewed on the 5 p.m. Wednesday news program on Channel 5.
Click on the headline to read the full story by Beacon Journal reporter Connie Bloom.
Posted by Harry Liggett at 4:46 PM