July 18 is one of the books for a Twinsburg police officer who helped save the lives of two people within hours of each other.
Officer Olivia Bartulovic, who will have been with Twinsburg Police Department for three years in September, said the first call came in mid-afternoon to help a local business where a man was in cardiac arrest.
When officers arrived, the man was unresponsive and a colleague was already performing CPR, said Bartulovic, a 2015 graduate of Twinsburg High School. She took charge of CPR until the firefighters arrived and helped them fit a chest compression device on the patient. Firefighters later told him they were able to stabilize him and take him to hospital.
Hours later, at approximately 7:45 p.m., the police department was called to a local residence. During dinner, a man had slipped from his chair and started turning blue. His wife was performing CPR when officers arrived. Bartulovic said she worked to calm the woman and continued CPR until city paramedics arrived. She said she again helped firefighters apply the chest compression device. By the time paramedics loaded the patient into the ambulance, Bartulovic said the man “was alert and talking.”
Bartulovic said the events of this change were “definitely out of the norm”.
“We wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what we did without the team effort,” she said. “I’m lucky to work with the men and women I work with.”
Fallen officer in Twinsburg inspires the way
Bartulovic, who said she was the first police officer in her family, was lured into the job by the sacrifice of another Twinsburg officer.
“When Joshua Miktarian was killed in 2008 I was 11,” she said. “I remember the moment I found out. I knew then I wanted to be a police officer, to finish what he hadn’t done.”
K-9 patrolman and officer Miktarian was killed in the line of duty on July 13, 2008 during a routine traffic stop on Glenwood Drive at 2 a.m. Miktarian had been with the Twinsburg Police Department for 11 years. He also worked part-time for the Uniontown Police Department and owned a Gionino pizzeria. The shooter, Ashford Thompson, was convicted in 2010 of aggravated murder and remains on Ohio’s death row.
Bartulovic graduated in 2019 from Mount Union University, majoring in criminal justice.
Bartulovic said she enjoys the opportunity to interact with the community through her work. One of the favorite aspects of being an officer includes “interacting with my community”.
“Shooting basketball with the kids, stopping at a lemonade stand, those are my favorite parts,” she said.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
According to information from the American Red Cross, there are more than 500,000 cardiac arrests on average each year. Heart attack symptoms include:
- Chest discomfort.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body.
- Shortness of breath.
- Cold sweat.
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