Survival Stories

A collection of stories about people who’s life was saved by everyday hero’s that stepped in to perform CPR.  If you haven’t recently taken a CPR class we urge you to do so.  Please sign up for a class today so you too can be an everyday hero when needed!

 

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  • Frank, a Doctor, didn’t even know February 10, 2017Elizabeth Di VergigelisThey were on their way to Southern Illinois to visit Frank’s son at college before classes resumed for the next semester. They had stopped for the night in the small Arkansas town of Newport and had settled in for the night before resuming their trip North the next morning. It was a cold, wintry February ...
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victim Gets Assist from Technology November 16, 2016Carol SaraoFor Kory Trebbin, attending church on a Sunday morning in May, there was little warning that this day would differ from other Sundays. But, before it was over, the 53-yearold Santa Clara resident would experience sudden cardiac arrest, lose his heartbeat for a full 18 minutes, and have his life saved by an off-duty ER ...
  • Joe Farrell’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Story: CPR Saved His Life And Someone Else’s November 9, 2016Alyssa ReinboltIn the moment when sudden cardiac arrests strikes, a split second decision to get down on your hands and knees to perform CPR may be just the ticket to save the victim’s life. In fact, studies and medical research reveals that individuals who receive CPR within two minutes of a cardiac arrest are less likely ...
  • Laura: This is my story September 8, 2016Peter J J KlotunowitchOver 300,000 people have their hearts stop suddenly (suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest or SCA) yearly in the United States alone. Most survivors return to their home and back to their usual activities. Of these survivors, many were previously healthy. Since the AHA Guidelines 2000 we have been taught that for every minute that passes between collapse and defibrillation, survival ...
  • Joggers life was about to change September 1, 2016Erin BodieWhen Todd Tewksbury set out for his routine daily jog back in August of 2014, everything about it felt normal from lacing up his cross-trainers to the feel of his old t-shirt, nothing stood out as odd to him as he said goodbye to his mother and set out along his route. He couldn’t have known that ...
  • Heart Attack During Business Travel: Heroes Among Us August 3, 2016Steve RakowskiTraveling for work can be stressful. Being in an unfamiliar city with no immediate support personnel like family or friends can add to that stress. Having a cardiac episode on top of all that stress can potentially be deadly. That is the story of a co-worker of my wife. A 60+ year old Sales professional was ...
  • Young healthy Teen yet Cardiac Arrest still strikes Emily August 3, 2016Nadene SeitersCardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States with 326,200 individuals experiencing out of hospital cardiac arrest every year, and ninety percent of those individuals die. Thankfully, Emily Orta was of the ten percent who made it. At the age of fourteen, Emily was an active athlete who participated in soccer, track ...
  • CPR Education Equips Ordinary Citizens To Do The Extraordinary In Cases Of Cardiac Arrest July 27, 2016Derek WalbornWe have seen it countless times: the ambulance, with lights strobing and siren wailing, slithering its way through a congested city street. Apprehensively crawling under a red light at a busy intersection. Riding the brakes as the motorists in its path turn down their radios and check their mirrors, wondering what all the noise is ...
  • Clearwater Florida resident survives after major heart attack July 20, 2016Laura CriderClearwater resident  has had more than his fair share of physical challenges. On November 17, 2015, Smith, who is a cancer survivor, suddenly collapsed inside his apartment. Later, he would explain that his vision went black as he tried to protect his head while falling to his knees. Fortunately, Smith’s fiancee, Ryen Hauck, was also present. ...
  • Summer job equipped me to save a life years later July 13, 2016AnonymousDuring my teen years I became a life guard like so many of my peers and, thus, had to be trained in how to respond to emergencies.  If you had asked me then how to perform CPR or give aid I would have laughed about that weekend class I had taken because I did not ...
  • CPR Helps Austin Daughter Save Her Dad’s Life November 24, 2014Donna Ryan  A Life-changing Event One news report out of Austin Texas resulted in a life-changing experience for Michael DeMarco, 42, and his daughter, Aly DeMarco, aged 13. An event, which happened on February 14, 2014, will cause the pair to definitely remember future Valentine holidays. Ironically, on the heart-filled occasion, a person’s life was saved from a ...
  • The Biggest Killer in the US – Its not Hollywood October 2, 2014Robin JohnsonThe first surprise I learned was that the biggest killer of women in America was actually heart disease, not breast cancer, as many believe.
  • Minnesota Teen Uses the Skills She Learned in Eighth-grade CPR Class to Save Her Sister’s Life July 25, 2014Donna RyanA Law That Will Save Countless Lives When you are younger or older, knowing CPR is an important and essential skill that one can never overlook. Two sisters, from Chaska, Minnesota know, all too well, the veracity of this statement. Fortunately, Minnesota lawmakers have instituted a statute that mandates the instruction of CPR in Minnesota schools. ...
  • His Team Lost, but He Won! March 5, 2012Tom Sirmons  Leo Staudacher hadn’t planned on watching the Michigan-Notre game on television, let alone in a hospital ICU unit. But he was very grateful to have seen the end of the game at all. The 69 year old Bay City man was watching the game at Michigan Stadium when he collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest, the ...
  • What a Bystander was Taught Saves a Teacher’s Life February 5, 2012Tom SirmonsWhen paramedics in Dallas arrived at Sarah Zumwalt Middle School, they found a teacher in the midst of a heart attack. “He was in ventricular fibrillation, a fatal rhythm,” said Fire Department Lieutenant Greg Henderson. They also found that a fellow educator already was performing CPR. Said Henderson, “Bystander CPR is what saved this person’s ...
  • Crossing the REAL Finish-Line December 27, 2011Tom SirmonsHe was only a tenth of a mile from the finish line of a half-marathon race in San Jose when the 40 year old man collapsed. A Stanford University Hospital nurse was nearby and quickly determined the man had no pulse and wasn’t breathing. She started CPR immediately, and soon, Emergency Medical Technicians from an ...
  • Paying it forward – Sudden cardiac arrest survivor saves a classmate December 8, 2011Pearl SalkinSurvivors of sudden cardiac arrest usually feel lucky to be alive. Their rescuer was in the right place, at the right time and ready to use their CPR skills to save the victim‘s life.. While the successful outcome of each individual who has come back from the brink is surely something to celebrate, one young ...
  • Miracle in Marin November 10, 2011Tom SirmonsThe call came in to the Marin County, California Fire Department: “Bicyclist down”. Dispatchers say they get a lot of such calls, usually involving minor injuries. This one was different.   When a fire truck and paramedics rolled up to the scene, a bystander was performing CPR on the downed cyclist, who’d had a heart attack. EMS ...
  • Father and Daughter Saved November 3, 2011Tom SirmonsA Chicago man and his daughter were saved from drowning in choppy Lake Michigan, when fast-acting bystanders pulled them from the water. The father undoubtedly would have died on shore if a rescuer hadn’t put his CPR training to quick use. The 14-year old girl was floundering in waves up to four feet high off a ...
  • An Intersection of Need and Know-how October 27, 2011Tom SirmonsSome might call it a bizarre set of coincidences, while others would say it was divine intervention. Either way, the fact that a 22-month old girl survived cardiac arrest was a miracle directly attributable to the CPR training of a passerby.   The toddler was visiting with relatives in St. Catharine’s, Canada, when the crisis happened. An ...
  • Trained in CPR October 19, 2011Tom SirmonsYou’re never too young to have a heart attack – or too young to save the life of someone who’s had one. Beth Scroggs was only 52 and in good health, riding San Francisco BART commuter train, when suddenly she slumped over in her seat, unconscious. Ms. Scroggs had suffered a cardiac arrest, the leading ...
  • Guarding Life October 13, 2011Tom SirmonsLive power lines and oncoming traffic didn’t deter a Massachusetts prison guard from saving the life of a man who’d suffered a heart attack while driving. Credit goes to a combination of bravery, fast action and CPR training. Edward Johansen was driving along Route 140 in Norton early in the afternoon when he saw a car ...
  • A Life Saved, Automatically! September 22, 2011Tom SirmonsBystanders performing CPR and law enforcement officers equipped with a readily-available electronic device saved the life of a 74-year old heart attack victim in Cayucos, California. In both cases, a few hours of training made all the difference. Ben Hunt was having dinner with his wife at a restaurant, when he looked through the window and ...
  • My dad is Superman September 15, 2011Benjamin RousseyThe morning of the 3rd Saturday in May of 2008 was not any different than any other 3rd Saturday of any other month for Joe Fernando. A librarian by profession, Joe was also a trained first aid support volunteer. More like a custom out of habit, Joe got up late, prepared himself for the day ...
  • Survival story of a cardiac arrest victim at work September 8, 2011Pearl SalkinThere is a funny quote attributed to American author and humorist Mark Twain stating that reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. Florida resident and cardiac arrest survivor Charles Morgan can honestly say, “Been there, done that!” Morgan miraculously came back from the great beyond. According to medical experts, he was dead for 16-20 minutes before ...
  • Survivor Story of a Cardiac Arrest Victim – Highway to Hell September 1, 2011Benjamin RousseyRobert Hill and his two kids Emma and Jade were driving back from their weekend trip from the amusement park. It was a custom with the Hill family to take a trip the final weekend of the month; only this time Christy, Robert’s wife, hadn’t been feeling too well and skipped the trip. Both the ...
  • Let me tell you about Alex August 30, 2011David GerharttIf you have never witnessed a person go in to cardiac arrest then consider your self lucky. If you have then you experienced one of two things: 1: Complete helplessness 2: An overwhelming sense to act   Those of you who would relate with the ladder must be CPR certified. If you can’t relate to either, let me tell you ...
  • Survival story of a cardiac arrest victim walking to work August 25, 2011Pearl SalkinGas is expensive. Cars carrying commuters add huge amounts of pollutants to our already dirty air. By walking to work, those hardy souls who leave the auto at home and hop into a pair of sneakers for the daily trip on foot are getting some valuable exercise and saving the planet, too. But for one 58-year-old ...
  • Eureka! They Found CPR! August 18, 2011Tom SirmonsA man in Eureka, Oregon is alive today because two bystanders gave him CPR after he suffered a heart attack. It was shortly after eight in the morning, when a 911 dispatcher got the call: a man had collapsed in a shopping mall. A Fire Department Emergency Response team raced to the scene, and found ...
  • Survival story of a cardiac arrest victim on the golf course August 11, 2011Pearl SalkinWhen a weekend golfer lives in an area that gets blasted by winter’s furious snowstorms and seemingly endless stretches of sub-freezing weather, playing a round with a bunch of buddies on a gorgeous course on a warm, sunny day is something to celebrate. But when hitting the ball off the 15th tee is immediately followed ...
  • Did you know cat litter weighs a ton? August 4, 2011Linda FlackIt was about 5:30 in the evening and I was cooking  dinner.  I was wondering how my 74 year old father was doing on his first day on the job as a bagger at Publix.  It had been over six months that we had lost my Mom and I had done everything I could to ...
  • Extreme Sports leads to a need for Extreme CPR July 28, 2011Benjamin RousseyJosh Garner, Matthew Gibson, and Bert Fox had decided to celebrate their high school graduation together at Josh’s house. His parents were not home so the three teenagers had the house all to themselves. The spirit of fun mixed with alcohol endowed courage led them to try out what Bert liked calling extreme sports.   When Fun ...
  • An Angel on Wheels July 21, 2011Tom SirmonsAngels don’t always appear in mystical visions. Sometimes, they show up on bicycles. During St. Petersburg’s ‘Meek and Mighty Triathlon’, an annual May event to raise funds for St. Anthony’s Hospital, 37-year old Teresa McCoy was about to finish the cycling competition when she noticed a man who’d collapsed on the street. Two police officers ...
  • Survival story of a cardiac arrest victim July 18, 2011Pearl SalkinMillions of Americans celebrate our independence as they get together with friends, family and gobs of food for a blissful day at the beach or park followed by oohs and ahs at Fourth of July fireworks displays. But for two young women in Michigan with a special bond, this year’s annual commemoration marked the fifth ...

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