When a woman passed out during a drive, a 21-year-old auto technician from Arizona didn’t know what to do. Thankfully, he remembered an episode of The Office and ended up saving the woman’s life! Read on to discover what is sure to be one of this year’s best stories…
Thinking Quickly During The Emergency
Who says TV dumbs us down? In this case, it actually saved a life! Meet Cross Scott, an auto shop technician from Tucson, Arizona. Recently, while at work, Scott drove a customer’s car, checking his work. Suddenly, he noticed a white sedan pulling off the road with its hazard lights blinking.
Without thinking twice, the 21-year-old pulled over, in hopes of assisting the driver. He assumed there was a technical problem with driver’s car – and this, after all, is his area of expertise. But as Scott approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, he found the driver hunched over her steering wheel, her lips turning blue. Quickly, Scott knew it was an emergency. However, he didn’t have his cellphone on him, as he doesn’t carry it with him during test drives to avoid distractions. Luckily for everyone, two motorcycle drivers pulled over, as well, and called 911.
The Office Saves The Day
Meanwhile, Scott tried to keep the woman awake. Despite Scott pounding on the windows and shouting, the driver remained unresponsive. Thinking on his feet, Scott smashed the car’s window with a rock, reached inside, and unlocked the car door.
Even though Scott has no medical training, he did know he needed to check the driver’s pulse. When he couldn’t find one, he decided to do the only thing he could think of – perform CPR on the unconscious driver.
Scott made his way inside the car and started performing CPR. His life-saving knowledge? He got it from the hit comedy The Office. In season 5, episode 14, the employees of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch are required to take a first aid course… from the lead character and boss, Michael Scott (the hilarious Steve Carell). Obviously, as always, Michael Scott’s instructions are full of errors, but the one right thing he gets is teaching the pace and rhythm of chest compression – by using the tempo from Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.”
So while Scott – the real-life one, who, yes, shares a last name with The Office‘s boss – knew he needed to performing CPR, this episode ran through his mind. “I’ve never prepared myself for CPR in my life. I had no idea what I was doing.” Moments passed as Scott pumped. Finally, the driver took a breath!
The Real-Life Scott Hero
Even though it seemed like a long stretch of time for young Scott, medics arrived on the scene ten minutes after the first 911 call. They immediately rushed Clara, the driver, to the hospital. Later that day, Scott visited the hospital to check on Clara, but by the time he arrived, she had checked out.
The auto technician later learned is that, moments before passing out, Clara called her daughter on her cellphone. When Scott pulled over after Clara, her daughter was still on the line with her mother. However, Scott was told by the medics that if it weren’t for him – Clara wouldn’t have made it alive to the hospital.
Here’s to Scott, and The Office, for saving Clara’s life!