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03-03-2014 11:19 AM
DTM Thanks for sharing Jerry. And thank you to CJ for saving his life. Every CPR class that I have had teaches once you start CPR, you do not stop. I'm very disappointed in the CHP officer...
03-02-2014 12:45 AM
SAR JEEP
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
And her name is Collette... a CJ-owning Jeeper who lives in Big Bear.

My close/dear friend/former brother-in-law Danny, who lives in Running Springs, had a massive heart attack while driving on a mountain road 3 weeks ago. Some of you met Danny, he was riding with me on the John Bull M&G run when my Rubicon overheated last winter.

Danny swerved into a tree (a 1500' cliff was on the other side of the road) when his heart gave out & Collette J. (she goes by CJ) happened to be following him & saw the accident. She dragged him out of his car & after seeing his eyes go blank, started CPR & kept at it until a CHP officer took over when he arrived maybe 10 minutes later. The CHP officer soon pronounced Danny unresponsive & quit giving CPR. Collette jumped back onto Danny & restarted CPR & wouldn't quit until the paramedics in the helicopter arrived & took over to fly him down to San Bernadino Hospital. He was in such bad shape that they soon flew him to a better equipped Los Angeles hospital.

All the docs said Danny only survived because Collette gave him "correct CPR" & didn't stop. She had been certified in CPR for years but thankfully had just been re-certified again in CPR 3 weeks earlier.

Danny ended up surviving & I just saw him this weekend at a family reunion. He was very tired but he was his old friendly self, and was very happy & thankful to be alive. I did some crying in his presence & wasn't ashamed. I was waiting for Collette to arrive at the reunion to meet her.

She arrived in her recently purchased white topless '81 CJ and she is the epitome of a Jeep chick. Fun, outdoorsy, and just a good human being. I met her & gave her a big emotional tearful hug, thanking her for saving Danny's life. She showed me the gold & diamond angel necklace Danny & his wife gave her for what she did.

Just thought I'd share what a fellow Jeeper did for a close friend, and for me.
Thanks for sharing! Awesome story. Shame on the chp officer: only a doctor can pronounce death or if it is obvious. Glad cj did not give up and kept his brain oxygenated... Am very happy for you! Cpr snd first aid should be here a requirement when u take a driving test! Glad he is doing good. 25 thumbs up for cj!
03-01-2014 01:35 PM
TheDesertOutlaw Thank you for sharing, Jerry. I'm glad to hear that Danny is now okay.
03-01-2014 10:35 AM
TJNuss As a certified current ARC/AHA EMS instructor, thank you for sharing.We are pleased to hear this incident had a positive outcome for the patient.
03-01-2014 09:56 AM
B1000 This really is an amazing story. It should be in an article of some type You should invite the "Jeep Angel" on an off road trip dedicated to her.

Glad to hear your friend made a great recovery!
02-24-2014 09:54 AM
Jamie lee
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
And her name is Collette... a CJ-owning Jeeper who lives in Big Bear.

My close/dear friend/former brother-in-law Danny, who lives in Running Springs, had a massive heart attack while driving on a mountain road 3 weeks ago. Some of you met Danny, he was riding with me on the John Bull M&G run when my Rubicon overheated last winter.

Danny swerved into a tree (a 1500' cliff was on the other side of the road) when his heart gave out & Collette J. (she goes by CJ) happened to be following him & saw the accident. She dragged him out of his car & after seeing his eyes go blank, started CPR & kept at it until a CHP officer took over when he arrived maybe 10 minutes later. The CHP officer soon pronounced Danny unresponsive & quit giving CPR. Collette jumped back onto Danny & restarted CPR & wouldn't quit until the paramedics in the helicopter arrived & took over to fly him down to San Bernadino Hospital. He was in such bad shape that they soon flew him to a better equipped Los Angeles hospital.

All the docs said Danny only survived because Collette gave him "correct CPR" & didn't stop. She had been certified in CPR for years but thankfully had just been re-certified again in CPR 3 weeks earlier.

Danny ended up surviving & I just saw him this weekend at a family reunion. He was very tired but he was his old friendly self, and was very happy & thankful to be alive. I did some crying in his presence & wasn't ashamed. I was waiting for Collette to arrive at the reunion to meet her.

She arrived in her recently purchased white topless '81 CJ and she is the epitome of a Jeep chick. Fun, outdoorsy, and just a good human being. I met her & gave her a big emotional tearful hug, thanking her for saving Danny's life. She showed me the gold & diamond angel necklace Danny & his wife gave her for what she did.

Just thought I'd share what a fellow Jeeper did for a close friend, and for me.
Beautiful
02-24-2014 09:39 AM
Bravo.Justin
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Originally Posted by bc3_Jeep View Post
The CHP officer should be severely chastised, perhaps even terminated for his lackluster response.
Hate to revive an ole thread, but this touched my soul. First, I'm so glad that Danny survived and CJ had the willpower and determination to continue CPR. She was obviously his saving grace. It's nice to hear inspirational stories that hit so close to home. It's not my intent to take anything away from this miracle of life or to downplay Jerry's story.

My concern simply to ask, why society (in general) is so quick to negatively scrutinize law enforcement nowadays? I completely agree that the CHP officer made a mistake, and no minor one at that. However, how many of you are forced to make life or death decisions on almost a daily basis? 97% of the public would have simply panicked and done nothing. 2% would have attempted to help, yet most likely would have had no training. And .5% would have ran like cowards or kept driving. I'm so sick of people passing judgement so quickly and irrationally. Specifically passing judgement after only hearing one side or part of the story. Cops are also just that, cops. CPR and first-aid are a secondary skill set that most agencies spend less than 4hrs every other year training their officers with. Given the circumstances, the CHP officer most likely associated Danny's heart attack with the countless others he has seen (if he has even witnessed any first hand). The majority of people who sustain that severe of a heart attack, where they are completely unconscious with no pulse (dead), don't recover. CJ had been doing CPR for an unknown amount of time, and then the CHP took over and did it for several more minutes. He quit after no apparent response. Was this wrong? Of course it was in a sense. That's not how you're trained. You keep going, and going, and going. But, was he trained properly? How far out we're EMTs? Was he thinking clearly through the adrenaline surge? Was he simply numb to the incident because he has seen the same thing countless times, where the individual doesn't live?

According to some, the answer to those questions is irrelevant. The CHP officer was obviously extremely negligent and should "have his badge taken." His career, livelihood, family, and financial stability should be compromised... Ripped from his grasp because he didn't "properly save a random stranger's life". Forget the fact that he may have been shot at, assaulted, spit on, cut, cursed, etc. hundreds of times prior to this single moment in time. Forget all the others that he has helped. He doesn't arrest people or write citations because it's the right thing to do, it's because he has "little man syndrome", or has an "ego problem", or because he was picked on in high school. Give me a freaking break people. The next time you make a mistake at work, or hell at home for that matter, go ask your boss to be fired or your wife to divorce you. Go ask them to "take your badge."

Again, it's not my intent to downplay the heroics by CJ. That was truly inspiring. Sorry to rant so much, but let's all try to be a little more open minded to the fact that law enforcement personnel are human beings, and aren't perfect. Every sheep hates the sheepdog until the wolves show their faces...
08-22-2013 01:38 PM
werubiblue06 Thanks for sharing this great story Jerry!

This world would be a much better place if there would be more caring people like Charlotte!! Shame on the officer for giving up so easily.

This story is just one more affirmation for me that the wheeling community, in general, is full of great people willing to help anyone in need.

Bernie
08-22-2013 01:22 PM
JeepNDirty
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
And her name is Collette... a CJ-owning Jeeper who lives in Big Bear.

My close/dear friend/former brother-in-law Danny, who lives in Running Springs, had a massive heart attack while driving on a mountain road 3 weeks ago. Some of you met Danny, he was riding with me on the John Bull M&G run when my Rubicon overheated last winter.

Danny swerved into a tree (a 1500' cliff was on the other side of the road) when his heart gave out & Collette J. (she goes by CJ) happened to be following him & saw the accident. She dragged him out of his car & after seeing his eyes go blank, started CPR & kept at it until a CHP officer took over when he arrived maybe 10 minutes later. The CHP officer soon pronounced Danny unresponsive & quit giving CPR. Collette jumped back onto Danny & restarted CPR & wouldn't quit until the paramedics in the helicopter arrived & took over to fly him down to San Bernadino Hospital. He was in such bad shape that they soon flew him to a better equipped Los Angeles hospital.

All the docs said Danny only survived because Collette gave him "correct CPR" & didn't stop. She had been certified in CPR for years but thankfully had just been re-certified again in CPR 3 weeks earlier.

Danny ended up surviving & I just saw him this weekend at a family reunion. He was very tired but he was his old friendly self, and was very happy & thankful to be alive. I did some crying in his presence & wasn't ashamed. I was waiting for Collette to arrive at the reunion to meet her.

She arrived in her recently purchased white topless '81 CJ and she is the epitome of a Jeep chick. Fun, outdoorsy, and just a good human being. I met her & gave her a big emotional tearful hug, thanking her for saving Danny's life. She showed me the gold & diamond angel necklace Danny & his wife gave her for what she did.

Just thought I'd share what a fellow Jeeper did for a close friend, and for me.
Great story! Fabulous job of CPR, especially since it was "witnessed" accident and likely downtime was survivable as Danny is alive and well to prove it! Wonderful job CJ!!
08-22-2013 11:43 AM
incizion
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Originally Posted by SAABseanSCANIA View Post


This would be a great story to have in media like Extreme 4X4 or JP; might encourage others to act accordingly in a similar situation.
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08-22-2013 11:37 AM
DFW6ER Great story.

I was wondering what, if any, formal training CHP gives their patrol officers for medical emergencies. I know for a fact that the AHA and Red Cross CPR classes, which you must take every 2 years as a first responder, beat you over the head that CPR doesn't bring folks back they just make ACLS interventions...namely early defibrillation...more likely to be successful. However, I also remember they say to continue compressions until a higher level of caregiver arrives or until you, the rescuer are too physically exhausted to continue. Considering CJ was there to help, there's no reason 2 person CPR shouldn't have been intiated and continued until paramedics arrived on scene.
Luckily the story has a happy ending.
08-22-2013 11:21 AM
sierra117 Thanks for sharing, this proves there still are good people out there
08-22-2013 11:15 AM
Tymarolf What a story. Amazing.
06-13-2013 07:29 PM
epreza50 thank you so much for sharing, that tugged at my heart. Go CJ!!!!
05-28-2013 01:12 PM
dawhitesJKU thanks for sharing. nice story.
05-28-2013 11:29 AM
Aftahour CJ is a angel!
05-28-2013 09:59 AM
jeff_in_rc WOW Jerry, Danny has an angel and her name is Charlotte! He is one lucky man thanks to her efforts. My hat is off to her and all the other EMT's, doctors, and nurses that help save lives, way to go all of you!
05-28-2013 07:58 AM
SAABseanSCANIA Great story Jerry. Always like hearing of individuals that do not simply stand by but jump into action when someone needs them; Charlotte must have some Semper Paratus in her blood.


This would be a great story to have in media like Extreme 4X4 or JP; might encourage others to act accordingly in a similar situation.
05-28-2013 05:53 AM
shoreco First of all CPR does not sustain life - When CPR is started the patient is unconscious, not breathing and has no pulse, this is called 'Clinical Death'.


CPR is performed to create an Oxygen rich circulation of blood to the brain to prevent tissue necrosis, (Brain Death). So effectively when performing CPR you are not keeping the patient alive, you, are preventing them from brain damage and or Death.

Great story...
05-28-2013 05:42 AM
jeepers29 Jerry, so glad to hear this story had a good ending for Danny and your family and now you have a new jeeper friend as well.
05-28-2013 02:10 AM
DustyDave Awesome that The Lord put Charlotte there for Danny!
05-28-2013 12:03 AM
Cascadian That's an awesome story and what a miracle. God bless CJ. That officer is a dunce though and shouldn't be allowed to keep his badge without going through some serious retraining and possibly another character eveluation to see if he's even the right type of person for the job.
05-27-2013 11:50 PM
suicideking
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Originally Posted by bc3_Jeep View Post
I taught CPR for almost 10 years for American Heart Association.

1.....It is NEVER to be stopped once started unless you are PHYSICALLY exhausted.

2.....There are USUALLY no signs of recovery in a TRUE heart attack victim until AFTER medical treatment. The stories of people who "recover" spontaneously are widely over reported.

2...NO ONE..... not even the paramedics....can pronounce someone BEYOND recovery..... only a DOCTOR can do that.

The CHP officer should be severely chastised, perhaps even terminated for his lackluster response.
Agree with this. I worked as an EMT for 5+ years. They're NOT going to be responsive. It's not like TV where you pound on their chest 3 times half-assed and they wake up and walk away. It doesn't work like that.

The only way you're going to know ANYTHING at all is with an EKG. Even if you can't feel a pulse, they may still have a rhythm, even if it's irregular. That's why (as mentioned) once you start, don't stop until help arrives.
05-27-2013 08:33 PM
bc3_Jeep I taught CPR for almost 10 years for American Heart Association.

1.....It is NEVER to be stopped once started unless you are PHYSICALLY exhausted.

2.....There are USUALLY no signs of recovery in a TRUE heart attack victim until AFTER medical treatment. The stories of people who "recover" spontaneously are widely over reported.

2...NO ONE..... not even the paramedics....can pronounce someone BEYOND recovery..... only a DOCTOR can do that.

The CHP officer should be severely chastised, perhaps even terminated for his lackluster response.
05-27-2013 08:11 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by Steeljag View Post
Glad he is here to Jeep another day! She is a hero, as well as the Highway Patrol man who also performed CPR!
No one involved thinks that of the CHP officer, he stopped giving CPR after only a few minutes. He insisted she quit so he could take over, but then quit shortly afterward after Danny didn't respond as quickly as he expected. Charlotte insisted that she would continue after he quit & he only grudgingly said she could continue if she wanted to... she had already resumed before he agreed. If only the CHP officer had been there, Danny would be dead.
05-27-2013 08:04 PM
Steeljag Glad he is here to Jeep another day! She is a hero, as well as the Highway Patrol man who also performed CPR!
05-27-2013 07:40 PM
Gunner You never give up. You just never know do you. That is an awesome lady and a wonderful and touching story. Glad you still have Danny with you.
05-27-2013 07:13 PM
turdhurdler It's always great to hear stories like this. Even better when they hit close to home. Thank you for sharing this story, Jerry.

Jeff
05-27-2013 07:05 PM
doclouie Very cool. More people should be like this.
05-27-2013 06:59 PM
Jerry Bransford
I met a true angel this weekend

And her name is Collette... a CJ-owning Jeeper who lives in Big Bear.

My close/dear friend/former brother-in-law Danny, who lives in Running Springs, had a massive heart attack while driving on a mountain road 3 weeks ago. Some of you met Danny, he was riding with me on the John Bull M&G run when my Rubicon overheated last winter.

Danny swerved into a tree (a 1500' cliff was on the other side of the road) when his heart gave out & Collette J. (she goes by CJ) happened to be following him & saw the accident. She dragged him out of his car & after seeing his eyes go blank, started CPR & kept at it until a CHP officer took over when he arrived maybe 10 minutes later. The CHP officer soon pronounced Danny unresponsive & quit giving CPR. Collette jumped back onto Danny & restarted CPR & wouldn't quit until the paramedics in the helicopter arrived & took over to fly him down to San Bernadino Hospital. He was in such bad shape that they soon flew him to a better equipped Los Angeles hospital.

All the docs said Danny only survived because Collette gave him "correct CPR" & didn't stop. She had been certified in CPR for years but thankfully had just been re-certified again in CPR 3 weeks earlier.

Danny ended up surviving & I just saw him this weekend at a family reunion. He was very tired but he was his old friendly self, and was very happy & thankful to be alive. I did some crying in his presence & wasn't ashamed. I was waiting for Collette to arrive at the reunion to meet her.

She arrived in her recently purchased white topless '81 CJ and she is the epitome of a Jeep chick. Fun, outdoorsy, and just a good human being. I met her & gave her a big emotional tearful hug, thanking her for saving Danny's life. She showed me the gold & diamond angel necklace Danny & his wife gave her for what she did.

Just thought I'd share what a fellow Jeeper did for a close friend, and for me.

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