Bystanders perform CPR on grocery store shopper

Two men helped a fellow grocery shopper at Saar’s last week by performing CPR after he collapsed.

Two men helped a fellow grocery shopper in Oak Harbor last week by performing CPR after the man collapsed.

Edhessar Tungol said he was in the fruit section of Saar’s Super Saver Foods near the checkout line when he saw a man fall down. He tried to catch the man, but he plummeted straight to the ground.

A woman advised him to put the man on his back, and Tungol quickly started giving chest compressions.

Tungol said a Saar’s employee helped with CPR until first responders arrived.

The man was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital, according to Scott Jackson, a WhidbeyHealth EMS paramedic who responded to the call and vice president of the union that represents local first responders.

“It genuinely makes me tear up to know that we have members of our community that are so selfless,” Jackson said, encouraging everyone to learn the life-saving skill.

Tungol said he learned CPR during his military training. He is a member of the Navy and said he had returned from deployment just a few days before the incident at the grocery store.

His advice to others who may face a similar situation was simple.

“Don’t hesitate. Stay calm and do what you can,” Tungol said.

The Oak Harbor Fire Department offers free CPR/AED/first-aid classes to the public each month.

Pre-registration is required and more information can be found online at oakharbor.org/fire/page/cpr-training.

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