BCSO Reserve Sergeant Helps Save Man After Suffering Heart Attack
By WAYNE IVEY, BREVARD SHERIFF // April 24, 2017
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On February 16, 2017, a Jacobs Space Operations Group employee suffered a cardiac arrest while at work. He was at his desk in a large office area, speaking to another employee, when he suddenly had an apparent heart attack.
A co-worker instantly recognized the signs of a cardiac event and attempted to move the victim to the floor, but was unable to remove him from the chair.
The co-worker shouted for assistance, and with the assistance of another employee, gently laid the victim on the floor, checked for breathing and noticed only shallow exhaling.
The co-worker then began preparations for chest compressions while awaiting assistance.
BCSO Reserve Sergeant Tony Brannon, who is a Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC) Security Supervisor at the complex heard the calls for help and arrived on scene with an AED device.
Tony assessed the victim for a pulse and a breathing pattern. Based on his assessment, the victim’s shirt was removed and the AED was applied.
The AED began analyzing the victim and recommended a shock. After the initial shock was administered, CPR was started.
During the course of the rescue, the AED analyzed and shocked the victim a total of four times in between chest compressions and breaths.
The lifesaving efforts by Tony, Jeffrey Scabarozi, Kirk Baird, and Paul Espy went on for ten minutes until KSC Paramedics arrived and relieved the exhausted caregivers.
Robert Cabana, the Director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, a NASA Astronaut, and a veteran of four Space Shuttle flights presented the prestigious “Director’s Gold Dollar Award” to Tony, Jeffrey, Kirk and Paul for their lifesaving efforts.
Tony has been a member of our Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit for 4 years after proudly serving as a Deputy Sheriff and Agent with our agency for 12 years. He is currently employed as a security supervisor where he supervises 25 employees and conducts NASA internal investigations.
As a Reserve, Tony volunteers hundreds of hours annually to protect and serve our community.
Our Reserve and Auxiliary Deputies are citizens who have attended the Law Enforcement Academy at their own cost or are retired law enforcement officers. Reserves volunteer hundreds of hours respectively to support the Agency’s mission in the protection of our citizens.
Each works in their professional jobs throughout our community and volunteer on their off time to help us protect Brevard County.
Our Reserve Unit is a tremendous resource to our agency that last year collectively worked over 26,000 hours in support of our mission to protect our citizens.
Please join me is congratulating Tony, Jeffrey, Kirk, Paul and everyone who worked together to save a co-worker’s life!! Its actions like this that truly demonstrate what a special community Brevard County is!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft. That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.