Deputies credited with saving unresponsive man's life

Deputies credited with saving unresponsive man's life
Dep. Matthew Smoak (Source: CCSO)
Dep. Matthew Smoak (Source: CCSO)
Dep. Tracy Wade (Source: CCSO)
Dep. Tracy Wade (Source: CCSO)

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County deputies were credited by doctors with saving the life of a man found unconscious Monday afternoon.

Deputies responded shortly after 9 a.m. to a report of an unresponsive man in the 1500 block of Macoma Road in Mount Pleasant. When they arrived, they saw that a man was attempting to perform CPR on the victim but was having difficulty, according to Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson.

The two officers, identified as Dep. Tracy Wade and Dep. Matthew Smoak, assisted the man attempting CPR. Wade gave emergency chest compressions while the other man provided rescue breaths until EMS personnel arrived on the scene, Watson said.

They were able to revive the victim and EMS provided more advanced medical care to stabilize him for transport to the hospital, he said.

"The medical personnel at MUSC stated that without the assistance of the two deputies the victim the end result would have been gravely different for the victim," Watson said.

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