Color me amazed. I've described apps as "lifesaving" before, but this is one of the few times where I can say with full certainty that an app saved someone's life. Not just anyone, either, but an infant who might've died had PulsePoint not been on a good Samaritan's phone.
Jeff Olson, a car mechanic in Spokane, Washington, by day and volunteer EMT by night, heard his phone vibrate. The PulsePoint app that he downloaded earlier alerted him of a 911 call about an infant who had stopped breathing.
The infant was within walking distance of the car shop where he was working, so he rushed over.
“I asked the lady standing outside, 'Do you have a medical emergency here?' And she said it's an infant and he's blue,” Olson told a local TV station.
He gave the baby CPR until emergency services arrived. Without an app like PulsePoint, this baby's life might have been at much greater risk. The app works by connecting users with local fire and medical alerts, so that they can help out in any way that they can.
Olson, a volunteer EMT, was a perfect candidate for the app and his incredible rescue proves just how important GPS technology can be.