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Apprentice With Valuable Skills Steps Up During Emergency in Washington

Dec 11, 2018

As Dominick Davidson was leaving a job site at the end of a 10-hour workday in October in Quincy, Washington, someone asked for the bus he was riding to stop.

Once the bus halted, Harold Lathrop got off. It was obvious that he was not feeling well. He went to his knees. When coworkers made it to him to help, his tongue and lips were blue. His pulse was nonexistent. They immediately yelled for assistance and for someone to call 911.

Davidson, a first-year apprentice from Wenatchee, with NECA member-contractor Stetner Electric Inc., was on his first construction project with IBEW Local 191 in Everett. He started chest compressions and didn’t stop until relieved by paramedics.

Lathrop was revived three times before he made it to a hospital. Although he ended up passing away 1½ weeks later, if it were not for the quick actions of Davidson and his coworkers, the man would not have been able to receive medical attention and his family couldn’t have said goodbye.

Local 191 President Damien Fisher praised Davidson for his “heroic efforts.”

NECA Director of Safety Wesley Wheeler said the incident and Davidson’s quick response underlined the importance of First Aid/BLS/AED training.

“Having people trained with these skills is imperative for anyone in distress to have a chance for survival,” Wheeler said. “Sustaining individuals in these cases until EMS arrives and medical attention can be provided is critical.”

“You never know when or where you might be called upon and have a chance to help or even save a life,” he added.