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Doctor's life-saving action recognized

Alex Doty • May 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM

The life-saving effort of Dr. Courtney Erickson-Adams was recognized by the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety and City Council last week.

Adams was honored with the city’s Lifesaving Award for "her quick and professional action” to save a heart attack victim last year, Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said.

The incident occurred on morning of Sept. 2, 2016, after Grand Haven resident Jean Provencal had completed an exercise session at Fit Body Bootcamp in Grand Haven.

“Following the exercise session, Jean mentioned to a fellow class participant that she was not felling well,” Hawke said. “She collapsed of a heart attack shortly thereafter. Fortunately for Jean, Dr. Courtney Adams was leaving the building and responded to calls for help.”

Adams took immediate lifesaving actions, Hawke noted, including using an on-site automatic external defibrillator (AED) to restore Jean’s heart rhythm and performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

Provencal said she is very appreciative of Adams’ efforts.

“I am here today because of Courtney Adams and an AED machine, and I am very, very thankful," she said.

Provencal also noted that she was glad to see Adams be recognized by the city.

“I feel fortunate and blessed to live in such a community where people like Courtney, and our City Council, and our police agency will recognize and honor people who do heroic and life-saving actions,” she said.

Hawke said there is another neat tie-in regarding the life-saving efforts.

"One other cool caveat to this story is the AED that was used at Fit Body Boot Camp was donated by Randy and Lisa Poel, our very own retired Grand Haven Department of Public Safety sergeant, who has the foundation that provides AED for different businesses and venues around the city and community,” Hawke said. "What an awesome story."

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