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Man visits with local First Responders that saved his life

Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 3:45 pm

James Baily recently returned to Lynchburg to meet the emergency workers who helped save his life. On December 23rd 2016, James Bailey, his wife, son, and daughter-in-law were visiting Jack Daniel’s. The Baileys are from Omega, Georgia and their son and daughter-in-law reside in Huntsville, Alabama. Mr. Bailey and his family had just made it to the front doors of the Visitor Center when Mr. Bailey, with no warning, suddenly collapsed. Mr. Bailey went into sudden cardiac arrest. Mr. Bailey’s daughter-n-law, a pediatric nurse, began CPR. A 911 call was placed to the Metro Moore County 911 center and units were dispatched immediately. Houston Burt of Walden Security for Jack Daniel’s and two tour guides, Jason Morgan (First Responder Certified) and Brian Rutledge (Off Duty Lincoln County Medical Center Paramedic), were quick to respond and apply the Automated External Defibrillator and help continue CPR until Moore County EMS could arrive. Moore County EMA Director Jason Deal arrived shortly after the call was placed and continued to help in the life saving efforts. Deal was later joined by Moore County Sheriff Department Deputy Gary Tankersley and Sheriff Mark Logan. Moore County EMS arrived and Bailey was transferred to the ambulance and rescue efforts were continued with help from all agencies. Moments after getting Bailey in the ambulance, he regained a pulse. Vanderbilt LifeFlight was called to transport Bailey to Vanderbilt Medical Center. Mr. Bailey made a full recovery and was discharged to his home 4 days after the event. “This event is the perfect example of the importance of early CPR and Cardiac Defibrillation. Jack Daniels had an Automated External Defibrillator on site this day and was used in the life saving efforts,” Jason Deal Metro Moore EMA Director said. According to Tammy Haddock, Jack Daniel Visitor Center Operations Manager, they have added 6 more devices throughout Jack Daniels since this event. Bailey was finally able to complete his tour of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Mr. Bailey even got the chance to meet most of the people responsible for him being alive today and being able to continue to spend time with his family.