Probably, you were trained in CPR at some point in your life. For me, it was when I served as a lifeguard in college, and then I took a refresher when I was a youth pastor. And maybe, like me, you’ve allowed your CPR certification to expire.
Well, an amazing story from southern Minnesota is a reminder about why we should all be proficient at CPR: A man fell to the ground in cardiac arrest in the small town of Goodhue and, for the next hour-and-a-half, bystanders worked on him until a helicopter arrived from the Mayo Clinic. On Tuesday, he met the two dozen people who saved his life.
For the next 96 minutes — more than an hour and a half — Al, his brother Roy, bystander Candace Koehn, who saw Snitzer fall, and more than two dozen other first responders took turns performing CPR on the fallen man. Their teamwork saved Snitzer’s life, in what may be one of the longest, successful out-of-hospital resuscitations ever.
What makes the incident even more striking was that it took place in rural Goodhue, pop. about 900, a town without a traffic light.