In response to dramatic police body cam footage showing the life-saving actions of two Georgia police officers after a man had a heart attack, a city council voted unanimously Thursday to have all of its police patrol cars equipped with the device the officers used to revive the man.
“It was so easy to save a life with an AED," Canton City Clerk Susan Stanton told ABC News, referring to an automated external defibrillator. "Now, everybody is going to have them in their patrol vehicles."
Justin Marion was in the middle of a barbell lift at a local Crossfit gym when he slumped over into unconsciousness, gym co-owner Karen Camp told ABC News.
"Everybody was standing there because no one necessarily knew what to do about it," Camp said. "I think everybody was kind of in shock."
Camp decided to perform CPR while responding officers were minutes away.
"I came over, checked for a pulse. He was not breathing," Camp said. "He turned blue. I rolled him over and did CPR."
Canton Police Officers Patrick Duncan and Jimmy Butler arrived at the gym, and their patrol car happened to be one of the few vehicles equipped with an AED. Their body cams show the frightening and intense situation unfold as they, along with Camp, coax Marion to hang in there as they attach the AED to the unresponsive man. Laying shirtless on the floor, Marion jerks from the shock of the AED. CPR is again performed by one of the officers. Marion starts to breathe.
"I don't have any recollection of that day," Marion told ABC News. "I spent the last three years focusing on my health, losing weight and getting in shape. This is the last thing I expected to happen to me. I thought I was doing everything right."
Marion said doctors confirmed he suffered a heart attack and had significant heart blockage. The aircraft maintenance technician considers himself very fortunate after he said doctors told him only 10 percent of people who suffer such a heart attack survive.
"It was a miracle," Marion said. "They [doctors] said they don't usually get to have this type of conversation with patients."
After the incident, the Canton City Council approved funding for the purchase of 17 more AEDs so that all 33 police patrol vehicles will be equipped with one.
Canton Police Chief Mark Mitchell said he is proud of officers Duncan and Butler.
"They are extremely professional officers," Mitchell said. "They are hardworking. They don't see themselves as heroes. They'll tell you that's what they do. They feel like that's just part of their job."
The officers, along with Camp, will be honored on June 2.
"I'm just very grateful that it turned out the way it did," Camp said.
"I was incredibly fortunate that those Canton police officers were just a few minutes away and that particular unit was equipped with an AED," Marion added. "If another unit responded that didn't have an AED, I don't know if the outcome would have been the same."