Jane Powers, Arizona

It’s been almost a year since Jane Powers, a longtime Arizona Diamondbacks worker, collapsed before her shift at Chase Field. Jane Powers suffered an arrhythmia episode just before a game on August 20, 2012.  Powers collapsed shortly after mentioning to a co-worker she felt dizzy.

It was then that Jim Joyce, an umpire widely known for a botched call that cost a major league pitcher a perfect game, was walking down the tunnel and saw Powers collapse.  Joyce learned CPR as a lifeguard in his youth, and had only used it once before about 30 years ago, but he had no problem remembering what to do when he saw Powers crumpled on the ground.

He immediately checked her vitals and realized she wasn’t breathing. He went into action and began administering hands-only CPR - pushing hard and fast in the center of her chest.  He then remembered that his daughter, Keri, a nursing student, had told him about hands-only CPR, so he began administering compressions to the beat of the Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive.” 

Eventually, paramedics arrived and took over CPR.  Since then, Powers has taken it as her personal mission to help educate people about the importance of knowing CPR.  She’s started a tradition of turning her birthday parties into CPR-training parties.

Powers wants you to know that anyone can be a lifesaver. When you see an adult collapse, call 9-1-1, then push hard and fast in the center of their chest, preferably to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive.”