CPR from The Office Really Does Save Lives
“Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.”
Imagine what you would do if you spotted a white sedan slowly rolling forward with an unconscious woman collapsed over her steering wheel.
The last thing to go through your head would probably be the Bee Gees’ 1977 smash-hit song, “Stayin’ Alive.” However, it was on an Arizona man’s mind as he attempted to save a woman’s life with CPR from “The Office” TV show.
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Cross Scott, 21, is the lead shop technician at Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care in Tucson. As he test-drove a customer’s car on Jan. 11, he noticed a car off the road with flashing hazard lights.
Scott did not have his phone on him when he pulled over to investigate. He then noticed that the car was still moving and placed a rock under one of the front wheels.
A sense of urgency swept over Scott when he saw the lady was unresponsive as he knocked on the driver-side window.
As two bystanders pulled over and called 911, Scott smashed the window with a rock to unlock the car door. After feeling no pulse, one of the other women moved the woman into a reclining position. Scott then got on top of her and put his memory to the test.
In that moment, he recalled CPR from The Office episode in which Michael Scott — played by Steve Carell — did chest compressions on a dummy to the rhythm of “Stayin’ Alive.”
While the show is an unlikely source for saving lives, a woman did not die this day due to one man’s quick action of utilizing entertainment for the real deal.
Paramedics arrived minutes later. How I would have liked to have been in on that conversation.
“Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.” That’s what he said.
John Baden is known for his creativity, humor, and charm. Since writing books during his childhood, he has written for newspapers, radio and TV stations, and online publications. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, watching Chicago Cubs baseball, and experiencing the outdoors. For John, a perfect day is summed up in a morning cup of coffee, an afternoon run in the sun, and an evening spent in an exciting chapter of a good book. See more articles by John.