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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 17:00

Pinnacle Peak Park Staffer Saves Man Using Hands-Only CPR

Lori Schmidt

Scottsdale Fire to Honor Mascaro at Parks and Rec Training Session

Who: Scottsdale Fire Department, Parks and Rec Staff, AZShares

What: Honoring Kathy Mascaro, Rec Leader II, Pinnacle Peak Park, for Hands-Only CPR Save

When: 12:30 PM, July 9

Where: Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd, Rm. 2

What: At approximately 9:30 am, July 2, Mascaro was alerted that a man had passed out in the street by the park entrance. After a quick assessment, she immediately began Hands-Only CPR, instructed another hiker to call 911 and another to get the AED from the park office. Additional hikers appeared on the scene, and assisted with holding the victim’s head and preparing the AED. Once the AED pads were in place, Mascaro cleared everyone back and the AED activated. As she continued to perform CPR and the AED evaluated the patient, the SFD arrived to the scene and took over. By the time the ambulance arrived to transport the patient to the hospital, he had a weak pulse and was breathing. After evaluation at the hospital, he was shown to have low potassium levels due to physical exertion from biking 40 miles the day before and running the trail twice the morning of the incident.

Mascaro’s quick thinking and training were the key elements in helping this person. She said the training that she had in the past “just kicked in,” which even included hearing in her head the Bee Gees song “Staying Alive.” This is part of the training, and is used as a guide to follow the rhythm of the beats to the song, making each beat a compression.

Why: Event brings attention to the importance of bystander CPR. Hands-Only CPR has been proven to save lives in cardiac events simply by using compressions only. Automated External Defibrillators, when available, complement the CPR efforts and are easy to use. AEDs can be found at COS locations and throughout the valley. For more info about Hands-Only CPR classes, visit

Last modified on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 03:35
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