July 29, 2014
Someone who has a cardiac arrest in King County has a greater chance of survival than anyone else in the world, according the latest analysis by county officials.
The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County hit an all-time high of 62 percent in 2013. By comparison, the cardiac survival rates in New York City, Chicago and other urban areas have been recorded in the single digits.
“People are alive today in King County who would not have survived in most other places in the country,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “Our system delivers rapid, high-quality critical care wherever you are.”
July 23, 2013
In August 2012, cousins Patrick Finigan, 16, and Ian Fursman, 15, became heroes when a trip to Lake Sammamish State Park turned into a rescue.
The boys started to notice trouble when a girl between the ages of 12 and 14 began to struggle in the water, calling for help. The girl’s friends swam back to shore to get someone to help their friend. Finigan swam out and pulled the drowning girl back to safety.
Meanwhile, a 17-year-old boy had slipped under the water, so Finigan returned to the water and dove about 6 feet below the surface and pulled him up. Fursman assisted, helping his cousin pull the boy back to shore.