Paramedic creates new device that could help first responders in emergencies

  • Source: KJRH-TV NBC 2 Tulsa
  • Published: 09/22/2020 12:00 AM

A new device could help save lives. It’s called, “The Locator.” It helps first responders find the exact location of an emergency. Johnathan Harrison, founder of the product, was a paramedic in Tennessee in 2009. A new paramedic at the time, he responded to a call of a two-year-old in cardiac arrest in a mobile home park. When Harrison and his team arrived, there was no mailbox or driveway in sight. Unable to find the location, he began knocking on doors. But when he found the correct home, it was already too late. “After everything was said and done, it added four minutes to our response time to get to the child and the child didn’t make it.” Harrison says, four to six minutes can often be the difference between life and death. That’s when he came up with the locator. Essentially, it’s a porch light that blinks red white and blue when you call 9-1-1 through the locator app. It’s used to help first responders easily identify the location of an emergency.


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