Rockingham courtroom bailiffs spring into action, save life

LEFT TO RIGHT: Paul Pulliam, Deputy Slattery, Deputy Gibbs, Deputy Ferguson, Sgt. Doom.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Paul Pulliam, Deputy Slattery, Deputy Gibbs, Deputy Ferguson, Sgt. Doom.

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — The quick thinking of five courtroom bailiffs helped save someone’s life last week.

During court in the Rockingham County Courthouse on Aug. 26, a 57-year-old attendee fell to the floor.  The person was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

Five people jumped into action: Sgt. Jason Doom, Deputies David Slattery, Richard Gibbs and Penny Ferguson, and Courthouse Security Guard Paul Pulliam.

They began performing CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED), several of which are strategically placed throughout the courthouse. An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

“Job well done ladies and gentlemen,” Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page said. “Your efforts on Friday saved a life, and for that, you should all be very proud.”

CPR and AED training/certification is given to all Rockingham County Sheriff’s Deputies every two years as part of their in-service training.