Information Systems Technician 1st Class Justin Osborne, assigned to U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) and a native of Mountain View, Calif., saved the life of a friend who suffered cardiac arrest while playing in a basketball game at a local elementary school on Oct. 27.
Osborne’s team took the floor and began to play basketball at Candlewood Elementary School, as they did every week. Shortly after the game began, Osborne knocked a pass out of bounds and that’s when a member of the team sitting on the sideline pointed out Osborne’s friend was uncharacteristically snoring.
The whole group looked at Osborne’s friend when he did not respond to any of his teammates’ jests. “He was staring into the distance with his eyes wide open and wasn’t responding to our comments,” said Osborne.
Osborne immediately rushed over and checked for vitals. He determined that his friend wasn’t breathing and also couldn’t detect a pulse.
“I directed someone to call 911,” said Osborne. “I asked the guys around me to help me move him away from the wall. I screamed out, “Does anyone else know CPR?” Out of the 17 people present in the building, I was the only one trained to administer CPR.”
Osborne started chest compressions at 7:21 p.m.
Under Osborne’s instruction a member of the team, Michael Chase, a biology professor at Montgomery College, retrieved a CPR mask from his bag and provided lifesaving breathing while Osborne performed chest compressions.
“I could tell my group of friends who were surrounding me were all in shock, panicked, and confused,” said Osborne. “Since I was the only one who knew how to deliver chest compressions, I knew that that I couldn’t stop.”
Osborne did not stop and each member of the team chipped in.
Osborne instructed the group to open the gym doors and to post someone in front of the school to direct the paramedics when they arrived. He sent volunteers to look for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Another person retrieved the friend’s identification and called his wife to obtain important medical information for the paramedics.
“I was doing all of this while performing chest compressions and relaying information to dispatch,” said Osborne.
Osborne said it was a team effort to save their friend’s life.
Gaithersburg Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department Station 28 came on scene at approximately 7:33 p.m. The paramedics were able to restart the patient’s heart using a defibrillator.
Osborne said that his friend was then transported Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Gaithersburg, Md., where therapeutic hypothermia was initiated. Therapeutic Hypothermia is a type of treatment used to lower the core body temperature after a cardiac arrest to reduce brain damage resulting from inadequate oxygen levels. His core temperature was slowly raised back to normal 48 hours later and was awakened. A cardiac stress test was performed and clogged arteries were discovered. A triple bypass was performed a week later.
Today, Osborne’s friend is expected to make a full recovery. Osborne credits his military training. “As Sailors, we rely on each other while we are out to sea or out in the field,” said Osborne. “We owe it to our shipmates and our community to continue to receive continuous training until it becomes muscle memory as you never know when you could be in a position to save a life.”
FCC is responsible for Navy information network operations, offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, space operations and signals intelligence. C10F is the operational arm of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides support of Navy and joint missions in cyber/networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class William Sykes
U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. 10th Fleet