LBPD Responds to Two Fatal Cardiac Arrest Events Following Snow Removal After Winter Storm

LITITZ BOROUGH - The LBPD is sharing snow removal safety tips from the PA Department of Health.

In the hours following the snowfall that occurred yesterday, February 22nd, the LBPD responded to two separate sudden cardiac arrest events which occurred while the victims were in the process of removing snow, or shortly after. The LBPD patrol officers were the first to arrive and began immediate life-saving care efforts, including CPR and attempts at defibrillation using an automatic external defibrillator (AED) assigned to the LBPD patrol vehicle fleet. These life-saving efforts were initiated prior to the arrival of Fire and EMS crews. In both instances, the victims were transported to a hospital, but did not survive.

Since these events are medical in nature, the LBPD is not releasing any identifying information about the victims, other than they were both adult males.

The following information related to safe snow removal was published by the PA Department of Health:

  • If you have any heart attack symptoms, like pain in your chest or shortness of breath, STOP shoveling and call 911.
  • Shovel in shifts instead of all at once.
  • Take breaks and drink water to prevent dehydration.
  • Push snow instead of lifting it - if you must lift, bend your legs and not your back.
  • Avoid twisting motions that can stress your back.
  • If using a snow blower, follow all safety instructions and stay aware of others who may be nearby.

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