Dunwoody officer hailed as hero for lifesaving actions

Dunwoody officer hailed as hero for lifesaving actions

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DUNWOODY, Ga. -

A Dunwoody police officer is being called a hero for helping save the life of a man who went into cardiac arrest. The officer says he was only able to help because every Dunwoody patrol car is outfitted with the right equipment.

Officer Chris Irwin was on his way home after a 12-hour shift with the Dunwoody Police Department. But when a medical call came across his radio, he just couldn't ignore it. He turned his patrol car around and headed to the office building where the 911 call came from.

But he hesitates to call himself a hero.

"I didn't do anything that I don't believe any law enforcement or public safety personnel wouldn't do," said Irwin.

Irwin's first instinct was to grab the automated external defibrillator issued to every Dunwoody officer.

"If I'd not had that AED, he would not have made it," said Irwin.

Bob Lundsten approached city leaders back in 2009 about purchasing AEDs for every Dunwoody patrol car, but the money wasn't in the budget. He spearheaded a fundraising campaign called "The Heart of Dunwoody" because his wife went into cardiac arrest some years earlier.

"An AED in a police car is just as important the flares, the flashers, the radio, the computers -- because an AED, when deployed, saves a life," said Lundsten.

Dunwoody is one of the few law enforcement agencies in metro Atlanta that issues AEDs to its officers as standard equipment. Lundsten says he recently talked with city leaders in Brookhaven about doing the same.

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