Illinois high school student Brendan Gould has been named winner of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's People Saving People Award after saving his father's life with CPR.
On February 6, 2016, Brendan, then 16, had been speaking with his father, Tom Gould, at their home in Barrington, when Tom suddenly collapsed, became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Brendan immediately called 911 and fortunately, CenCom 911 dispatcher Jeff Callaghan was trained in giving CPR instructions. After discerning that Tom was in cardiac arrest, Callaghan coached Brendan in giving “hands-only” CPR, instructing him to pump hard and fast on Tom’s chest.
As the 911 call recording reveals, Brendan was remarkably calm in his efforts to resuscitate his father. “My dad’s lips are turning purple,” Brendan told the dispatcher on the recording. “What do I do?”
"I thought I was talking to an adult," Callaghan said. "He was not frantic at all. He was amazing, no panicking."