Police: Defibrillator helped save woman's life

WOODSTOCK - An automatic external defibrillator helped save the life of an asthmatic Woodstock woman last week, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to 14000 block of Windsor Court around 7 p.m. Thursday for a report of a 65-year-old woman having what appeared to be an asthma attack, according to a news release. The woman was found unresponsive and not breathing.

A deputy proceeded to use an AED to provide chest compressions until rescue personnel arrived. The resident was later transported to the hospital for further medical assistance.

The woman was listed in stable condition as of Friday afternoon, the release states.

Deputies and correction officers have defibrillators in their vehicles while on duty and transporting prisoners. Employees are recertified every two years in first aid and AED use.

The sheriff’s office has received eight defibrillators from the Sara Kathleen Schacht Memorial Foundation.

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