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 »  Home  »  Smiles  »  A Happy Ending to a 9-1-1 Situation
A Happy Ending to a 9-1-1 Situation
By Rhonda Hodge | Published  10/2/2008 | Smiles | Interest Level:

Friday, July 18, 2008 started about the same as any other summer day for Mr. Harvey Browning of Greenfield Drive in Murphy. He mowed the lawn early in the morning before the sun was totally unbearable and decided to take his morning jog. Mr. Browning usually takes his normal route through a neighborhood park near the elementary school.?

As his wife Tammy took her morning walk with the dog, she heard the EMS sirens in the background. Upon returning home, she noticed that Harvey had not returned, even though he had left over an hour ago. Considering that he had cut the lawn as well as gone for a jog and the warming temperatures, she decided to go in search of him. Not finding him at the park or along his usual route, Mrs. Browning returned home with concern now setting in and recalled the sounds of the blaring sirens somewhere in the neighborhood.? Before panic could fully take over, she noticed the blinking red light of her answering machine. Three messages since she left the house in search of Harvey! They were from a hospital emergency room in Plano alerting her that her husband had been admitted at 9:15 a.m. and had not regained conscious until forty-five minutes later. Tammy and Harvey’s paths had virtually crossed just minutes before and only a few streets apart in their neighborhood.

When Mrs. Browning recounts the events surrounding this potentially life changing event, their family is most thankful for the Good Samaritan who stopped to render aid when he noticed Harvey collapsed along Heritage Parkway near Betsy Lane. The Good Samaritan, who prefers to remain anonymous, had approached the area with caution since he noticed that several cars before him were tapping on their breaks. However, no one stopped to offer assistance. He did, and placed a life-saving 9-1-1 call to the Murphy EMS and Police Departments. CID (Criminal Investigation Division) Sergeant Snow Robertson was the first to arrive on the scene and administered CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) until the EMS Team arrived, mere minutes later.?

Mr. Browning was successfully transported to the hospital’s emergency room where he was treated with a pacemaker and defibrillator. After a six day hospital stay, he was released in the care his medical doctors. He was able to return a full work schedule a week later and has now started cardiac rehabilitation. Even though Harvey had a previously diagnosed heart condition, it was being treated by medication. He was not under any activity restrictions prior to this event.

During the September 2, 2008 City Council meeting, Mr. Browning expressed his sincere appreciation to the Murphy EMS and Police Departments for virtually saving his life.? The City recognized five paramedics for their efforts. Greg Werner, Josh Mercer, Craig Ferguson, Drex Dorman and Craig Goudie were given the Life Saving Award for their CPR and safe transport of Mr. Browning.

In assessing the event, paramedic Goudie said, “Everything was textbook according to protocol and went smooth with the crew we hand on hand that day. The outcome was as well as anyone could expect.” Fire Chief Mark Lee agrees with that assessment and is very proud of the way his department performed in saving Mr. Browning’s life.

Considering that the outcome could have been a lot different, Mrs. Browning has the following suggestions; be a Good Neighbor – stop to offer help, or at least call 9-1-1 - someone’s life may be at stake. Keep pertinent medical and contact information on your person for emergency personnel in the event that you are incapacitated and not able to speak for yourself. Mr. Browning now wears an ID tag on his running shoes from a company called Road ID. They can be found on the internet at
Carry a cell phone so that you can call emergency personnel even if you cannot render aid yourself.?


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