EMT Trained Seattle Police Officer Honored For Savings Man's LIfe At Soccer Match
August 12, 2017
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- Seattle Police officer and certified EMT Kevin Oshikawa-Clay was at the right place and time in June to save a man's life.
At left, SPD officer & certified EMT Kevin Oshikawa-Clay shown with fellow Officer Matt Chase. Photo courtesy http://www.keepingabluelighton.com CLICK TO ENLARGE.
The SPD officer was just a week into paternity leave following the birth of his second child when he took a break from parental duties to attend an evening soccer match at Asa Mercer Middle School.
There he provided life-saving CPR to a man who suffered a cardiac arrest.
On Friday, Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins honored Officer Oshikawa-Clay and his family at Seattle Fire Dept. Headquarters, presenting him with a letter of appreciation and recognizing him for his life saving actions.
That medical emergency occurred on a June evening about midway through the soccer game. That's when a 42-year old man on the opposing team suddenly collapsed, according to an SPD statement which provides the following account:
Officer Oshikawa-Clay and one of his team mates, a medical doctor, rushed to aid the man who was not breathing.
Officer Oshikawa-Clay immediately launched into CPR while the other soccer players ran about 300 yards to Asa Mercer Middle School in search of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Luck was with them. A janitor directed them to the location of an onsite AED. Officer Oshikawa-Clay and the doctor deployed that AED, delivering one shock to the man on the ground.
Seattle Fire Department Medics arrived soon after and delivered another shock with their own AED. All told, Kevin supported the patient with CPR for nearly 10 minutes.
And the outcome? The man who suffered the attack made a full recovery. The police department says every Seattle Police officer is trained in CPR and thanks to the generous contributions of Mr. Craig Tall and the Seattle Police Foundation, every Seattle Police patrol car is equipped with an AED.
But that's not quite the end of the story. There are these coincidences: officer Oshikawa-Clay’s wife Sara works for the Medic One Foundation which funds paramedic training for all Medic One providers in King County, as well as many communities throughout our region and the patient’s wife works for AED manufacturer, Physio Control.
And finally, that saving of the man's life that night at the soccer match is Officer Oshikawa-Clay’s second life save. He saved a woman's life in 2016 when he administered department issued naloxone to her after she had overdosed on drugs.