Three officers honored for life-saving efforts

Posted: 3:10 PM, Nov 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-15 21:21:25Z
Three officers honored for life-saving efforts

Three Woodway police officers were honored Monday for their life-saving efforts.

Bob Garrett listened to the police scanner recording at the Woodway City Council meeting from a day he can barely remember.

"I was not conscious during the entire thing,” Garrett said.

Garrett said he suffered a heart attack that almost took his life during a class at church on Oct. 23. He said that God had other plans

"We all owe all the honor to God for having the right people there at the right time orchestrating the entire event,” Garrett said.

Turns out, the right people were right downstairs. Officers Mike Brummett and Jason Graves were working security for the church.

"He was blue purplish in the face, didn't have a pulse, wasn't breathing. Jason started doing compressions on him,” Brummett said.

Right down the road, Officer Ryan Murray said he was on patrol.

"I could have been anywhere in the city but I was right down the road,” Murray said.

Murray said he was able to respond to the call with the right piece of equipment, an AED.

"They shocked me with that once, and it didn't work. They shocked me with it again and I responded,” Garrett said.

"Jason started calling out, ‘Bob, Bob, squeeze my hand if you can hear me,’ and he did,” Murray said.

For their life-saving efforts, they received the City of Woodway's Life Saving Badge at the city council meeting for saving Garrett's life that day. All three agree, however, that no award is better than knowing that Garrett is OK. They had not been able to meet Garrett formally until Monday.

"It's great to see him smile. Last time I saw him he was nowhere close to that so, it's great to see him smile,” Graves said.

Woodway public safety director, Yost Zakhary, said this is a very rare and distinguished honor that an officer can receive.

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