ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Two MARTA police officers took quick action to help save the lives of two passengers lives. Tuesday, the American Red Cross honored them.
On the same day back in April 2018, two men went into cardiac arrest while at the same MARTA station and the MARTA officers didn't hesitate to jump in and help, giving chest compressions until paramedics arrived.
These two MARTA officers said they were just doing their job.
April 17, 2018, may have seemed like a regular routine day at first, but it soon turned into a day neither officer would forget.
Officer Keith Softley and Corporal Michal Woddward saved the lives of two MARTA patrons. The officers used a defibrillator and got the man breathing again. The man was alert when he was taken to the hospital, but he later died from another medical issue. The Red Cross said the officers' actions helped him get better medical care he needed.
Then, just moments later, another call. A second heart attack at the station. They gave him CPR and thanks to their quick action, that man is alive. The officers haven't seen the man since, but had this message for him:
The Red Cross honored each officer with a certificate of extraordinary personal action for what they did.
MARTA has installed defibrillator devices in all its stations and police cars. They've credited these devices with saving four lives in the past three years.