Thursday, October 15, 2009

Off-Duty CCSO Deputy Uses AED To Save Life

An off-duty Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputy saved the life of his pastor, who collapsed while jogging in their Golden Gate Estates neighborhood.

Cpl. James Streeter used his CCSO-issued automated external defibrillator (AED) and CPR to revive 48-year-old Gregory Glenn Ball, pastor at Destiny Church Naples, on Tuesday morning.

Streeter, a 10-year CCSO veteran who works in the Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program (SHOCAP), which monitors juvenile offenders, will be nominated for a CCSO Lifesaving Award for his effort.

Thanks to a partnership with the American Heart Association, all CCSO patrol cars are equipped with an AED, a portable device that applies electrical therapy to patients in cardiac arrest and allows the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.

Streeter, 37, said he was at home cleaning around 9 a.m. when his doorbell rang. He opened the door to find Ball’s wife Bobbie on his porch very upset. Streeter said he is friends with the couple and attends Destiny Church.

Bobbie Ball told Streeter that she and her husband had been jogging in their neighborhood when he suddenly collapsed. She said she knocked on the doors of several neighbors in an attempt to get help, but nobody was home.

That’s when she saw Streeter’s patrol car parked in his driveway and rang his doorbell.
Streeter said he called CCSO’s Communications Center and then drove a quarter of a mile to where Ball was on the ground. Ball wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse.

Streeter removed the AED from his patrol car, hooked it up to Ball and gave him one shock. Streeter then administered CPR until Ball started breathing on his own.

Paramedics arrived shortly after and transported Ball to a local hospital.

This isn’t the first time Streeter has used an AED. He said he has used the device several times before on duty, including a few years ago when he saved the life of a woman in North Naples, for which he received the agency’s Lifesaving Award.