Recently, a woman from Arizona received lifesaving services from a good samaritan (with no CPR training) and it's all due to a scene from "The Office."
Hardcore fans of "The Office" can simply read the title of this story and automatically connect the dots to what scene the lifesaving efforts are referring to but for those who haven't watched every single episode of the hit mockumentary, we'll fill you in.
Season 5, Episode 14, entitled "Stress Relief, Part I", saw characters Michael Scott and crew dealing with safety procedures which included CPR training complete with a certified instructor and a dummy to practice on. The instructor offers the advice of performing chest compressions to the tune of the song "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees, specifically just part of the chorus which is "ha, ah, ah, ah, stayin' alive, stayin' alive."
The scene of this episode is quite memorable because the female instructor informs Steve Carell's Michael Scott that his technique of performing CPR is much too slow and tries to be helpful by recommending the tune of "Stayin' Alive." The song has a fast tempo and is the perfect speed to perform chest compressions to.
You might imagine that Carell's Scott completely bungles the task and several other co-workers begin singing and dancing, leaving CPR training behind. Even though the characters don't master the art of performing chest compressions, the message that giving lifesaving CPR can be as easy as remembering a classic 70's song seemed to resonate with many fans of the show.
One such fan is Cross Scott. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the real-life Scott (oh, the irony!) discovered that a car driving near him was slowly veering off the street and rolling down a dirt access road. He found that the driver was alone and unconscious. With quick thinking, he broke the window of her car with a rock but without a cellphone to call 911 for help and directions to assist in the meantime, he stated that he had no idea what to do.
"I've never prepared for CPR in my life," Scott said.
But just then, "Stress Relief, Part I" came to his mind and he began to preform chest compressions while actually singing "ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive" out loud. Thankfully, the compressions did their job and the woman regained consciousness and began breathing. Scott rolled her on her side and waited for the paramedics from the Tucson Fire Department who arrived just 10 minutes later.
Scott was told by officials that if he had not performed CPR, it is likely that the woman would not have survived. Thanks to Scott's quick action (and his appreciation for the character Michael Scott) the woman was successfully treated and released from the hospital later that same day.
Do you remember this scene from "The Office?" Do you think the writers managed to work in a PSA in this episode on purpose? Let us know in the comments!