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Smartphone app helps save man's life

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A local man says he was able to help save a life thanks to an app on his smartphone.

When someone calls 911, the PulsePoint app does a search of the nearby area to see if there's anyone with the app who can help.

Scott Brawner, a firefighter with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, was off-duty on May 9. He was working out at the gym when he got an alert from PulsePoint on his phone.

The app showed a map indicating the location of a man nearby who needed help, specifically CPR.

Brawner followed the map and ran outside. In less than a minute he found Drew Basse, slumped over in his car. His heart had gone into cardiac arrest.

Brawner started CPR until paramedics arrived, an action that likely saved Basse's life.

"I cannot believe this thing worked," said Brawner. "I just got done doing CPR from PulsePoint in the parking lot. Even now, thinking about it, it's amazing how fast that whole thing worked."

Dr. Mark Hart, who treated Basse, says he's in stable condition and should be able to leave the hospital soon.

"For the brain, minutes are critically important for recovery from a cardiac arrest," said Hart. "There are very few things that the general public can do to make an impact in their day-to-day lives that can save the lives of fellow citizens."

This past Saturday, Basse and Brawner got the chance to meet face-to-face. 

"It was really emotional. I was there a week ago, I've been back twice with his family and grandchildren," said Brawner. "It's a pretty amazing connection."

You can download PulsePoint for free for iOS devices here or Android devices here.

The app even has a section dedicated to teaching you how to perform CPR if you're not familiar with how to do it.

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