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Baby saved by auto mechanic with life-saving smartphone app

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In Washington, a mechanic's quick action helped save a child's life thanks to a smartphone app. (Source: Photos/KXLY/CNN) In Washington, a mechanic's quick action helped save a child's life thanks to a smartphone app. (Source: Photos/KXLY/CNN)

SPOKANE, WA (KXLY/CNN) – In Washington, a mechanic's quick action helped save a child's life, and it's all thanks to an app that gives people the chance to step up during cardiac arrest.

It started inside of a Spokane, WA dance shop that sells ballet slippers and tutus. Store clerk Lesley Reckord heard that a baby was turning blue and called 911.

“When you hear that you just pick up a phone and call 911, so I did that and I saw her and she was just saying, ‘He's not breathing, he's not breathing,'” Reckord said.

Reckord, a former lifeguard, put 1-month-old Nolan on the ground and began rescue breathing.

Meanwhile, two blocks away, master technician Jeff Olson was working on a car when his cell phone went off.

“And it sounded like an Amber alert, you know how they come out, so I looked at it and it said CPR needed and it gave the address,” Olson said.

So Olson, who's a volunteer EMT for Deer Park Ambulance, left his garage and raced to the dance shop.

“I asked the lady who was standing outside, ‘have you got a medical emergency here?' and she said, ‘yeah, it's an infant and he's blue,' and you just kind of suck up a little bit,” Olson said.

But Olson's arrival was welcomed.

“And this guy just came out of nowhere and just scooped the baby up and really knew what he was doing which was such a blessing to all of us,” Reckord said.

Olson knew his life-saving skills were needed because he had registered his phone with the Pulse Point app. While fire paramedics were still several minutes away, the app put Olson in the rights place at the right time to keep Nolan alive.

"I don't think I've ever done CPR on an infant before or even rescue breathing and when I got done I shook for about ten minutes,” Olson said.

What happened to Nolan is the very first save since the Spokane fire department connected the Pulse Point to its dispatch center.

"The real benefit and the reason why we are so invested in this technology, is because you can be a lifesaver this is one of the only apps that you can download if you know CPR, you can actually save somebody's life,” a paramedic said.

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