- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber may have helped save a woman’s life after he jumped into action and began performing CPR on her Monday, his spokeswoman confirmed to the Oregonian.

Mr. Kitzhaber was driving to dinner shortly after 5 p.m. near Southwest Main and 13th Avenue when he saw someone attempting to resuscitate an unconscious woman who was lying on the ground, according to police.

The governor, a former emergency room doctor, reportedly ordered his driver to stop and asked his security officers to call 911. He jumped to the woman’s aid and, after determining she didn’t have a pulse, began giving CPR.

The woman was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive. Alan Ferschweiler, a paramedic who responded to the call, said she “had possibly overdosed,” the paper reported.

“It was pretty neat to see the governor back on and going back to work,” Mr. Ferschweiler said. “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.”

This is apparently not the first time Mr. Kitzhaber has administered emergency first aid.

The Democrat once ran from the podium to assist a man who was having a seizure, and he has provided emergency aid a handful of times at the state Capitol, the paper said.



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