EMS, police work to keep Speed Street safe

- It's day two for Speed Street in Uptown and along with all the fun, there are medical emergencies that happen. Paramedics told FOX 46 Charlotte they practically brought someone back from the dead during another big uptown event last year.

FOX 46 Charlotte took a ride with paramedics through Speed Street to fidn out how they're keeping us safe. 

"We're prepared for all medical emergencies, everything from a simple scrape or cut when you need a band-aid to the most severe say cardiac arrest," said Tony Pattillo, medic. 

Tiffany Effinger is one of the extra medics on board during big events like Speed Street. She said last year she helped save a woman's life. 

"There was a woman who collapsed about 10 feet from me. She had a cardiac rhythm that was incapable with life. We had all the appropriate equipment and medications to save her life right there on the spot," Effinger explained. 

For the people who come out with their families - that adds some piece of mind. 

"You hope you never have to use them, but we appreciate the fact that they give up their holidays from their family to be there for our enjoyment and safety," Andrew Bulakowski said, who is visiting Speed Street. 

And that's to all emergency responders. 

"Driving in, I noticed all the police cars and police officers on bikes. I was like, OK, this is going to be a very safe event. We have a lot of officials out here to keep everyone safe," Tonya Reaves said, who visited Speed Street. 

Now, for practical tips...

Medic said to drink a lot of water while you're out at the event and if you're drinking alcohol, for every one drink to have two waters, so you don't get dehydrated. 

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