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June 26, 2013

Wash. medic awarded after saving 3 in cardiac arrests

KING COUNTY, Wash. — King County is one of the best places in the world to have a heart attack. The survival rate in King County is 55 percent. The national survival rate is 8 percent.

What makes us so different? The public is better trained and more willing to help, and we have great paramedics.

Scott Packwood is one of the many King County survivors. He was having lunch at a Bellevue Thai restaurant when he started feeling odd. "I felt kind of woozy, and I had yellow spots suddenly come in my eyes," he said. "It was a very strange experience." Seconds later, he collapsed at his table. Fortunately for him, Bellevue Fire Chaplain Mike Ryan was eating at the next table. He'd never had to use CPR before, but he was trained.

Full story: A look at what makes King County so successful in saving cardiac patients