BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND SALE: 20% Off the Barstool Store | New Collections & Limited Edition Hoodies, Crewnecks, T-Shirts, Hats, Jackets and MoreSHOP NOW

Arizona Kid Keeps A Woman "Stayin' Alive" With CPR That He Learned From "The Office"

It was just another day at Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care for 21-year-old Cross Scott, where he’s worked since he was 14 as the lead shop technician. Long days full of tires and oil changes and wheel rotations, followed by short nights of some pizza and The Office, just like all of us.

Unlike all of us… Cross was able to put his mindless binge-watching of 9 seasons (probably only 7 unless he likes watching his favorite show ruined) over and over and over again to life-saving use:

Scott was test-driving a customer’s car when he saw the white sedan with its hazard lights blinking in a dirt pull-off by Sixth Avenue and Drexel Road. 

When he pulled in front of the white sedan, he saw a woman sitting in the driver’s seat. As he approached her car, he noticed it was rolling. He quickly stuck a big rock under the front wheel.

When he saw the woman was unconscious, he began banging on her window and yelling for her to wake up. As car after car drove by, two women pulled over and called 911.

Scott broke the window with a rock. He reached in and unlocked the driver-side door. He checked the woman’s pulse and didn’t think she had one. One of the women who had stopped reclined the unconscious woman’s seat, and Scott crawled on top of her.

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

What popped into Scott’s head was an episode of the television show “The Office” in which character Michael Scott (actor Steve Carell) sings the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” while doing chest compressions on a dummy. The episode, where the gang takes an in-office CPR course, could actually be a tutorial in what not to do. The one thing it got right was using that song as a meter — the correct tempo for chest compressions.

As Scott straddled the woman and began 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.

After a minute, the woman took a breath and threw up. The women helped him roll her onto her side.

Turns out that Dwight giving Stanley a near-fatal heart attack with a trash can fire saved real-life Clara from a real-life heart attack, all thanks to the 100 beats-per-minute (How many is that per hour? I’ll divide and then count it.) soothing melody of the Bee-Gees.

Scott says when paramedics arrived, about 10 minutes had passed since he first pulled over. And the woman, who he would later learn is named Clara, was breathing. Scott says one of the paramedics with Tucson Fire told him if he hadn’t helped her, the situation could have turned out very differently.

Clara had called her daughter before she passed out. One of the women who stopped picked up the phone during the incident and found the daughter was still on the line. She had heard the whole thing. The younger woman arrived in time to see her mom off to the hospital.

That’s what makes The Office the G.O.A.T. It’s not just something to watch every single free minute of every single day of your life – it’s literally so educative it saves lives.

1) Assess the situation: are they breathing? Do they have arms and legs? (If they don’t, do we even bother resuscitating them? I mean what kind of quality of life do we have there?)

2) ABC: Airway, Breathing and Circulation (not to be confused with Always Be Closing like we say in sales).

3) Perform CPR: remember to compress to the tune of “ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive,” NOT the opening refrain “at first I was afraid, I was petrified.

4) Did It Work? If not, check for an organ donor card – we only have minutes to harvest.

Luckily Clara successfully passed step 3, meaning she got to keep her precious heart, and her face.


Thanks to Cross Scott, Michael Scott, and Rose from the Red Cross, you could say that Clara is…………..

………. Stayin’ Alive.