PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 11, 2017

Santa Barbara First Responders Save Life By CPR

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 4:39 AM, a man found his spouse unconscious and not breathing. Frantically, he called 911 to report a medical emergency.

Santa Barbara Police Officers Scott McBeth and Michaela Bebernes each responded Code 3 with emergency lights and sirens.

Officer McBeth, a Marine Veteran, was the first responder on scene — just three minutes after the call was dispatched. He found a 50 year old female victim on the bedroom floor with blue lips.

Officer McBeth checked the victim’s carotid artery for a pulse and did not find one. He immediately initiated CPR, alternating between chest compressions and rescue breathing for several minutes until Fire and Medics arrived and took over. Officer Bebernes managed the scene and extremely distraught husband. The victim eventually regained a pulse.

By the time she was loaded into the ambulance, the woman had gone from having no pulse or breathing to awake, alive and speaking.

Because of Officer McBeth’s quick action, dedication and resolve the woman’s life was saved.

“While their actions are exceptional, even heroic — they are also consistent with the core values of all the first responders in our City,” said Police Chief Lori Luhnow. “I’m extremely proud of our response time, swift reaction, and opportunity to save a life. Our Dispatch, Officers, Fire and Medics each contributed towards the ultimate good in service to our City.”

According to the American Heart Association, each year over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. Statistics show that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.

Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives. Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help. When calling 911, you will be asked for your location. Be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed address. Answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.

How to Give Hands-Only CPR (Per the American Heart Association): If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minute like the famous “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees. Immediate CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.



Anthony Wagner
Public Engagement Manager, Chief's Staff
City of Santa Barbara, Police Department
(805) 897-3761 |

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