Two SEPTA officers show a lotta heart

Lynne Samanns, left, and Dwayne Morrison aided a teller suffering from a heart attack. Rikard Larma/METRO
Lynne Samanns, left, and Dwayne Morrison aided a teller suffering from a heart attack. Rikard Larma/METRO

The call shrieked over the radio, “Hospital. Heart issues.”

SEPTA officer Lynne Samanns was first on scene. She found a 58-year-old male teller unconscious on the floor of a cashier booth at the Frankford Transportation Center. She called over the radio, “Rescue.”

Dwayne Morrison answered the call. The teller was breathing when he arrived, Morrison said. “Then observing him, he stopped blinking.”

Checked for pulse.

Nothing.

The two transit cops rolled the teller over and started to administer CPR.

A SEPTA supervisor brought an automated external defibrillator, and the two began shocking the teller’s heart and continued compressions until paramedics arrived.

“The medics continued CPR, shocked him several times and just rushed him right to the hospital,” Samanns said.

The cashier was transported from the transportation center at Bridge Street and Frankford Avenue to Aria Health’s Frankford campus.

He’s breathing on his own.

“He’s got a pulse and blood pressure,” Samanns said.

Samanns, whose performed CPR on six different commuters in her career, appreciated the help.

“It’s much easier with a great partner,” she said.


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