It’s time to bone up on my CPR skills. After reading about Andy Sims’ collapse in the grand-jury room, I realize I’m far from prepared enough to help someone in a life-threatening situation.
As Doug Fain aptly said, it must have seemed to those present that they were a part of the movie of the week instead of a real-life emergency. I’m sure it must have taken a few moments for them to spring into action, but act they did — heroically, in my opinion.
It takes true courage to administer CPR when the subject is apparently already lifeless. This story just reiterates in my thinking that the admonition to continue resuscitation efforts until paramedics arrive is good advice. Had these Good Samaritans given up, this story might have had a very different ending.
It’s a sad fact in our litigious society that people are less and less prone to intervene in an emergency for fear of being sued. Evidently that was not in the thinking of attorney David Thomas. I think lawyers get a bad rap in our present culture. They are stereotyped as being arrogant and greedy, and it’s refreshing to see evidence again that many such ideas are undeserved. I can’t think of a more selfless act than to get “up close and personal” with a stranger and try to save his/her life.