The Office, a popular comedy that ran on NBC, covered a lot of topics over the years. However, the makers and stars of the show likely never expected to be indirectly involved in the saving of a life. Thanks to an episode that featured the characters taking first aid training, Cross Scott was able to help a woman in need.
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During the episode, Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, helps train his employees on how to perform CPR. They are told to follow the rhythm in the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive,” which many medical professionals have asserted is an ideal pace.
Scott – who coincidentally shares a last name with Carell’s character in The Office – came across a woman who was sitting in the driver’s seat of her car. She was unconscious and the vehicle, according to a report by Rolling Stone, “was rolling down a dirt pull-off.”
After grabbing a rock and smashing the car window, Scott was able to reach the woman. He did not have a cell phone with him, so he immediately tried to resuscitate her.
“I’ve never prepared myself for CPR in my life,” said Scott. “I had no idea what I was doing.”
However, he did remember seeing that episode of The Office that covered CPR techniques, so he began performing chest compressions, following the beat of “Stayin’ Alive.” He even kept himself on rhythm by singing the song out loud.
Soon after Scott began, the woman drew a breathe and then vomited. He rolled her onto her side, and paramedics were on the scene about 10 minutes later.
Paramedics told Scott that, if not for his actions, the situation could have ended much worse. The woman was taken to the hospital and released later that same day.
“If you don’t do CPR, that victim will die. Don’t be afraid to act,” said executive director of the Red Cross Southern Arizona chapter Courtney Slanaker. “Whatever you do will help that victim and hopefully prevent a death.”