DEVILS?LAKE Maj. Mark McEvers of the North Dakota National Guard was playing in a recreational basketball league at Sweetwater Elementary School in Devils Lake Dec. 8. After the first game, a player on the sidelines collapsed and stopped breathing. McEvers, commanding officer of the 136th Combat Sustainment Support Brigade, retrieved an automated external defibrillator from the hallway.
When he returned with the device, the unconscious man had already begun to turn blue. McEvers used the AED to bring him back, and another player provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation to help sustain the man until emergency personnel arrived. The man wouldn't have survived had it not been for the AED and CPR, the emergency responders said.
McEvers credited the training he received in the Guard for his life-saving knowledge.
Days earlier, a similar incident occurred where seven North Dakota National Guard soldiers with the 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment helped to save the life of a driver who crashed off of I-295 North in Washington, D.C.