Cross Scott, who works at a local tire center, was on a test drive when he spotted a woman slumped over in her car and gave her CPR. Photo Credit: Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

A 21 year old Arizona mechanic at Jack Furrier Tier & Auto Care who did not know CPR but did remember a decade-old episode of “The Office” was able to use life-saving techniques (hard, fast and quality chest compressions) to revive an unconscious woman.


Cross Scott, a shop technician, works on vehicle tires at Jack Furrier Tire and Auto Care, 51 E. Valencia Road, Jan. 23, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz. Scott administered CPR to save a woman’s life when he saw her unresponsive in her car on the side of the road. Scott said he remembered the chest compression cadence from an episode of the television show “The Office”.

Cross Scott was test driving a customer’s car when he came across a woman slumped over the steering wheel of a white sedan with its hazard lights on according to the Arizona daily Star.

With the doors locked to the vehicle, Mr. Scott broke the car’s window with a rock, unlocked the door and checked the woman’s pulse. Thinking she did not have one, Scott attempted to resuscitate her by using methods he remembered from a 2009 episode of “The Office” when Michael Scott, played by actor Steve Carell, sings the Bee Gee’s’ “Stayin’ Alive” while performing CPR on a dummy. The song has the correct tempo for chest compressions. (A rate of 100-120 compressions per minute)

“I’ve never prepared myself for CPR in my life,” Scott said. “I had no idea what I was doing.”

Scott began deep, high-quality chest compressions. He sang the song out loud. All he was thinking about was Michael Scott’s face, singing, “Ah, ha ha ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.”

Scott was able to get the woman breathing. Two other women who had stopped were able to call emergency responders and assist Scott with rolling the woman on her side once she regained a pulse, began breathing and regained consciousness. Emergency responders arrived about 10 minutes later.

The woman was taken to the hospital where she was treated and admitted.

Scott he regrets not ever taking a CPR class and not knowing how to use an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).

Chris Mills, executive director of CPR Educators says CPR & AED training is important for everyone to have. He calls it an $80 investment that could save someone’s life. But even without formal training, any action is better than inaction.

“If you don’t do CPR, that individual will die,” he said. “Bad CPR is better than no CPR. Don’t be afraid to do something and help. Hard, Fast, Continuous Chest Compressions at a rate of 100-120 per minute is imperative for neurological survival.”

Mills said the importance of an AED is key in survival as well. “Chest compressions and AED’s work together. The quicker an AED is applied to a patients chest the better chance of survival that individual has.”

You can sign up for a CPR class with CPR Educators, Inc. and find out more information about purchasing an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).