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New deputy uses CPR to save a man's life

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Deputy Anthony Bifano was hired June 4.

A newly hired Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputy and his field training officer were first on scene at a medical call July 17 and used CPR and an AED to save a man's life, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

The call came in just after midnight on Tuesday, July 17, from a home on Kalorama Court in Palm Coast: A woman had called 9-1-1 and reported that her husband, 62, was unresponsive and not breathing.

Newly recruited deputy Anthony Bifano and field training officer Jacob West arrived first, and Bifano immediately went to the patient, moved him to the floor and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

West got an automated exterior defibrillator (AED) from the patrol car and then followed the instructions on the AED to deliver a shock to the patient.

Bifano performed CPR for more than four minutes until rescue units arrived on scene.

Flagler County Fire Department personnel and Florida Hospital Flagler personnel said Deputy Bifano’s quick response saved the man's life, according to the news release.

 “I am proud to have Deputy Bifano on our team,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the news release. “He remained calm and collected during a very stressful situation and was able to use his knowledge and skills to save this man’s life. Great job by Deputy Bifano and FTO Deputy West!” 

Bifano was hired as a deputy sheriff at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office on June 4.

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