BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations officers and agriculture specialists assigned to the Peace Arch Port of Entry responded to a request for assistance for a man who was unresponsive in nearby Peace Arch Park on Friday. The officers and agriculture specialist administered lifesaving aid and were able to resuscitate the subject.
Officers were on roving patrol in the park when they received a request for assistance. A Canadian man suffered a possible heart attack and was unresponsive. One of the officers took over CPR and the other contacted U.S. Border Patrol dispatch for Emergency Services. Additional officers responded from the Peace Arch Port of Entry with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and assisted with crowd control.
Two of the CBP employees are trained Emergency Medical Technicians and utilized the AED, which was effective in resuscitating the man.
“This is a great example of how our CBP employees don’t just work within the confines of a Port of Entry, but within the community when needed,” said Area Port Director Kenneth L. Williams. “These officers and agriculture specialist are trained to respond to traumatic events and they demonstrated bravery, dedication and teamwork by saving this man’s life.”
“The CBP employees in the Seattle Field Office exemplify CBP’s core values of vigilance, service to county and integrity, not just in this instance, but on a daily basis,” stated Brian Humphrey, Director of Field Operations Seattle. “Their quick response and dedication are something I am extremely proud of and they continue to exceed my expectations every day.”
Whatcom County Fire Department EMS along with Surrey, British Columbia EMS assumed the medical assessment, stabilized the subject, and transported him to a medical facility in Canada.