Young volunteer given hero's honor
Emily Davidson plans to be an emergency room nurse someday. She’s only 17 years old but has already proven herself to be a lifesaver. Emily is a volunteer at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. She’s also a lifeguard who knows CPR and knows how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). She put those skills to good use at a recent community event, saving a woman’s life.
“I am so grateful I knew I what to do.” She was serving punch at a senior citizen dance when she saw two men run to a woman slumped on the floor unconscious and not breathing. “We had her shirt off, the pads on within moments. I gave one round of compressions. The AED started talking, analyzing her heart rhythm and right then and there her heart started beating again. We turned her over to a recovery position, put the re-breather on her and she began coming to just about the time the paramedics got there.” Emily says she’s grateful an AED bag was nearby. As for her patient? Emily says she has recovered nicely and the two have recently met. This week Emily was honored by the city of Battle Ground for her life saving actions. Click here to read the full story in the Columbian Newspaper.
Legacy Salmon Creek has a robust team of nearly 300 high school volunteers at its medical center in Vancouver. Legacy Health relies on its teen and adult volunteers to provide patient and hospital support. Volunteers are a vital resource at its seven hospitals in the Portland-Salem-Vancouver area. Are you looking for an opportunity to serve? For more information, click here. You can also email Kelly Love at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.