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Creedmoor grocery workers help administer CPR

Posted August 5, 2010
Updated August 11, 2010

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— On June 16, employees at the Food Lion in Creedmoor found Nancy Castle, 56, unconscious on the dairy aisle.

Employee Doreen Sexton's CPR training from 16 years with the Girl Scouts kicked in. While someone called 911, she started with “A.B.C.”

“First of all, I knew I had to check her airway, check breathing, check her circulation,” she said.

Castle’s airway was clear, but she was not breathing and had no pulse.

“I had my friend in the meat department, Dennis, help with compressions, so I could do the breathing,” Sexton said.

“I think we maybe had a one minute response time,” paramedic Jessie Poole said.

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Paramedics shocked Castle's heart back into rhythm, restored her breathing and took her to Durham Regional Hospital, where she was given an implantable cardiac defibrillator to prevent future problems.

Castle and husband, William, went back to the Food Lion recently to thank the employees.

“Miss Doreen over here and Dennis in the meat department, they really nailed it. I mean, they made me so proud,” store manager Shawn Brown said.

“Everything everybody did here just accentuates the fact that everybody needs to keep their CPR updated,” Castle said.

Castle knows that she was definitely in the right place at the right time.

The American Red Cross provides CPR training, as do many employers.

The American Heart Association recommends that people who don't have proper training only do chest compressions until help arrives. That will keep blood and oxygen moving through the body and brain.


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  • sweet4you Aug 9, 2010

    This is a great story. Makes me proud to be an American.

  • Pseudonym Aug 6, 2010

    A few weeks ago I read a story about a young man who died as a result of a motorcycle accident. None of the people who stopped to help knew CPR. If you don't know it, then you need to learn. You may not use it (I haven't had to yet, thank God,) but it's always better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

  • fuzzmom Aug 6, 2010

    Thanks "sthiggs". Both Food Lions are on Hwy 56, but telling me it's near the high school helps. Thanks for sharing info about Ms. Sexton's fam.

  • sthiggs Aug 6, 2010

    The Food Lion is on RT. 56 just down from the South Granville High School. I see Ms. Sexton when I shop there. She is a very kind woman. In July 2010, WRAL a story was done about her son, Jason, who grew up in Granville County and was accepted to West Point. He wanted to honor the life of his sister who was killed in a wreck just before her graduation.
    I am not sure who is prouder in this family right now. Mom helps save life, son accepted to West Point. Wow, what a family.

  • rlwieland Aug 6, 2010

    Lets hope the survivor doesn't now sue.

  • fuzzmom Aug 6, 2010

    Not sure which Food Lion they're talking about. One is technically in Butner, but most people call it Creedmoor. Nice story anyway. . .

  • LIVEITUP Aug 6, 2010

    Ms. Sexton is such a nice lady! I see her all the time in the dairy aisle. Nice to see a positive story in the news!

  • Baybee Doll Aug 5, 2010

    How wonderful. They saved a life & should be proud of themselves. Bravo!