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Story of AED Life Save in Army Fitness Center Shows True Hero in Action

Today is Veterans Day, and as we honor those in the armed forces who serve our country, we share a story of a life saved not during a time of war but in a military fitness center.

The hero of this story is a Hawaii native stationed in Alaska. Her name is Army Spc. Kayla Richie, a combat medic with U.S. Army Alaska's 2nd Engineer Brigade stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle J. Johnson wrote this tremendous account for the American Forces Press Service on the Sept. 17 incident at Buckner Physical Fitness Center.

The story goes into detail about how Richie, along with Army Col. Scott Green, performed CPR on a man who had collapsed on the gym's basketball court. It also includes specific information about how an automated external defibrillator (AED) was used and how it works during a life-saving attempt. (We all can learn from this account.)

Richie, Green and others kept performing CPR and using the AED until emergency personnel, who were called immediately, arrived at the scene. The man finally became awake after he received IVs.

Although she did not tell people about her rescue efforts, Richie humbly accepted the Army Achievement Medal. Here's to Richie and all the men and women who humbly serve our country today and every day.

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