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Stuart G

(38,672 posts)
Tue May 6, 2014, 08:25 AM May 2014

Oregon Governor Saves Woman's Life

Huffinton Post:


John Kitzhaber, Oregon Governor, Performs CPR To Save Woman's Life

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is being hailed as a hero, but it's not for any official act of office. It's for saving a woman's life.

On his way to dinner on Monday, Kitzhaber spotted a woman lying by the side of the road with someone trying to help her, KGW-TV reported.

Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, told his driver to pull over, ordered his security staff to call 911 and then performed CPR on the woman, who was not breathing.

"It was pretty neat to see the governor back on and going back to work,” paramedic Alan Ferschweiler, who responded to the call, told The Oregonian newspaper. “He was surprisingly calm, and you could see he went right back to the days where he was an emergency room doctor. To go and assist the governor and take over this patient from him is pretty surprising. It definitely took us off-guard."

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(27,985 posts)
1. Very nice! Milwaukee's Mayor Tom Barrett saved a woman's life once, too. And was hurt badly
Tue May 6, 2014, 08:28 AM
May 2014

2009 Wisconsin State Fair attack[edit]
Barrett was the subject of national news headlines when he was attacked outside the Wisconsin State Fair on August 15, 2009, by a man wielding a pipe. Barrett and some family members were leaving the fair when he responded to a woman's cries for help. They encountered a man and a woman in a heated confrontation and, while the mayor called police, the man, 20-year-old Anthony J. Peters, attacked him with a pipe. Barrett was hospitalized after the incident and again later for reconstructive surgery for his hand.[41] Governor Jim Doyle visited Barrett in the hospital the next morning and said he "found him to be in good spirits and looking good considering what happened... The Mayor's heroic actions clearly saved a woman and others from harm", Doyle said in a statement. Peters was arrested the next day.[41] Both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden telephoned Barrett in the hospital to inquire as to his condition; Obama told Barrett that he went above the call of duty and said he was proud of Barrett's actions. Barrett's injuries included broken teeth, a permanently damaged hand, and blows to the head where he was struck with the pipe.[42]


Stuart G

(38,672 posts)
2. That is a wonderful story about Tom Barett
Tue May 6, 2014, 08:35 AM
May 2014

It is nice to know that many people who just happen to be politicians really care about people. Yes, there are cooks, but many are very good people too.


(12,723 posts)
4. If it had been my governor (Mary Fallin) she would have punched a hole through the woman's heart
Tue May 6, 2014, 08:56 AM
May 2014

Incompetent Tool.


(448 posts)
5. if it were my governor (Christie), he would've
Tue May 6, 2014, 09:03 AM
May 2014

yelled at her for calling attention to herself by lying down on the side of the road.

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