Plymouth Cub Foods Employee Saves Life
Medical emergencies can happen anywhere, and in the blink of an eye. When one happened at a Cub Foods in Plymouth, one employee there relied on his training to save a life. Now, may people are calling him a hero.
It was just a normal Monday for Rick Phelps. He was stocking shelves, and then he heard the call.
“It was about 11 or so and a code green came out over the radio,” says Rick Phelps, the Cub Foods employee who saved a customer’s life. “A code green means there is a medical emergency. I responded to that and it was in aisle 10.”
Phelps is a First Responder
Phelps is a volunteer firefighter in St. Francis. His training has come in handy before. On November 5th, it helped him save a life.
“I’ve done small things here you know like low blood sugar things of that nature,” added Phelps. “I went to check his pulse and for any respiration he had neither. So I started CPR. When I was down doing compressions, our security came up and I asked him to go get the AED. He was on top of it.”
If not for the team work of Cub employees, Rick’s training and the AED in the store, the victim might not have survived.
Many are Calling Phelps a Hero
“It’s really comforting to have Rick here,” says Chris Robinson the store manager. “Knowing that he is trained as he is, it’s very comforting.”
Many are calling him a hero, including Robinson. “If somebody saved my life I’d say they are a hero,” added Robinson.
Phelps says he was just doing his job. “I was just doing what I was trained to do,” added Phelps.
Phelps is grateful he was able to save the man’s life. His hope is that others will take AED and CPR training as well.
“If you have the opportunity to do it everybody should do it,” added Phelps. “ You never know when the person right next to you is going to need it. Fortunately, I was in the right place at the right time.”
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