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Date: Mar 21, 2017

Event promotes hands-only CPR

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz hosted a packed house this morning when he presented a Baltimore County Hero Pin to County housing inspector Phil Walker, who is credited with saving the life of an employee of a Pikesville condominium.

Last November, Walker had completed a routine HUD inspection at 130 Slade Avenue Condominium in Pikesville when he spotted a man lying outside the building. Finding him to be non-responsive he immediately called 911 and began administering chest compressions until he was relieved by Baltimore County paramedics.

The victim, Patrick O’Hara, has made a full recovery and continues in his position as a maintenance person working for 130 Slade Avenue Condominium. Phil Walker, a Navy veteran, lives in Baltimore City and works for the Baltimore County Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections as a Code Inspection and Enforcement Officer.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our County employee Phil Walker, whose quick thinking and decisive actions saved another man’s life,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “CPR is simpler than it’s ever been, and you never know when you might find yourself in a similar situation, so it’s important for everyone to learn the simple technique of hands-only CPR,” he said.

EMS Lt. Gentry Fitzpatrick, who responded to the incident, conducted a demonstration of hands-only CPR and promoted this easy, life-saving technique. The County Fire Department’s “Lend a Hand. Save a Life.” campaign encourages average citizens to learn the three simple steps of responding to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest:

  1. Call 911.  
  2. Push hard on the center of the chest.
  3. If possible, use a portable defibrillator, also known as an AED, which are located in many public places.

The pin presentation ceremony was attended by friends, family and co-workers of Mr. Walker and Mr. O’Hara, as well as a number of first responders and 911 Center staff members who participated in the emergency call.  

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