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MARTA officers praised for quick action after 2 heart attacks at train station

The officers used a portable defibrillator unit which was placed in all 38 rail station in 2009.

ATLANTA - Two men were saved by the MARTA Police after they both suffered heart attacks just hours apart from one another.

On Tuesday, April 17, Officer K. Softley, Corp. M. Woodward, Officer-in-Training B. Dennis and Sgt. L. Martin were told about a man who was in cardiac arrest at the Kensington Station at 8:48 a.m.

They used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and CPR to revive the man and kept him stable until they were able to transport him to a local hospital. Unfortunately, he later died at the hospital due to another medical issue.

Just over an hour later, those same officers were called to another person going into cardiac arrest at the same station and used an AED and CPR to stabilize that man and transported him to a hospital where he remains in stable condition.

"We have AEDs in each of our stations and our officers are trained in CPR," said MARTA Police Chief Wanda Y. Dunham. "The fact that there were two separate cardiac arrests at the same station just an hour apart is rather remarkable. I'm proud of the way the officers responded."

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