Ed Blackburn has spent his life looking out for others.
In his 27 years at Central City Concern, Ed has helped facilitate the growth of the organization from a single alcohol treatment program, to one that helps individuals and families out of all phases of addiction and poverty.
His influence can be felt by people in all corners of the community. He has given the city of Portland more than it could ever repay, but on May 22 the doctors and nurses at Legacy Emanuel tried.
After experiencing chest pains, Ed drove himself to the emergency room where staff promptly sent him into the catheterization lab to place a stent in his artery. However, before they could finish the procedure, Ed went into cardiac arrest.
For the next two hours they performed CPR and shocked him over 20 times. At one point, it was determined that Ed had died and the nurses began removing the equipment. After being breathless for more than four minutes, Ed's heart started beating again and the team picked up where they left off.
Today, Ed is doing well and transitioning out of his role as executive director of Central City Concern.