Metro employee receives lifesaving award

Crossposted from Metro Matters

By Hannah Debenedetto / King County DOT intern

When an elderly man suffered a heart attack last April outside a Burien Starbucks cafe, Metro’s Marc Anderson knew what to do.

Anderson monitored the man’s vital signs as a Starbucks employee provided chest compressions. They continued performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until paramedics from nearby King County Fire District 28 arrived.

In August, Metro Transit Risk Program Manager Marc Anderson was honored with the City of Burien’s 2017 Heroism Award for helping save the man’s life. The patient, Christopher Smith of Port Orchard, was able to leave the hospital a few weeks after the April 6 incident.

In a letter, Smith’s daughters said Anderson and others’ actions increased their father’s chances dramatically. “Were it not for these people knowing what to do and their immediate response, our dad would have died,” they wrote.

Read more at Metro Matters

One thought on “Metro employee receives lifesaving award

  1. This is a great story, people willing to get invovlved is why there is no better place in the world to suffer a cardiac arrest than King County. Did you know that the Paramedics who responded are also King County Employees? We are housed in Burien’s fire station but we work for King County.

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