Community Spotlight: Police Chief's Timely Emergency Responder Skills Save a Life in Jackson

It started out like a routine day on the job. Jackson Police Department Chief Karl Meyers was patrolling the area and stopped a vehicle for speeding near Pinkham Notch. Shortly thereafter, Karl heard an all-points bulletin broadcast requesting medical help for an unconscious 54-year-old man who was identified as not breathing and in a car located in Jackson, six miles down the road.

Karl quickly drove to the emergency scene and assumed alternate medical personnel would arrive first. Upon arriving, however, Karl found himself to be the only emergency responder present and immediately began administering CPR to the distressed man. Karl's 22 years in law enforcement and valuable training in emergency response helped him soon surmise that an automated external defibrillator (AED) was needed to save the man's life. Luckily, Karl carried an AED in his cruiser and successfully used it to keep the man alive while awaiting ambulance transport to Memorial Hospital in North Conway for further life-saving treatment.

Karl's honorable efforts earned him a "heroes' award" earlier this spring at the American Red Cross Annual Heroes Breakfast in Concord. "It was a nice surprise to learn of my nomination," Karl reflected after the awards breakfast. "If a man gets recognized only once in his career and is honored like I was, he is a fortunate man. All I did was my job," he humbly added.

Karl's award was presented by LGC's Deputy Director for Risk Pool Operations Wendy Lee Parker, who chairs the American Red Cross Granite Chapter's board of directors. "Red Cross heroes earn their awards by performing good deeds and selfless acts that help our communities, and Karl certainly earned that honor," Wendy remarked after the award presentation.

Community members can provide Hero Award nominations to Red Cross chapters throughout the year for selection consideration. For more information, visit the Red Cross website.