LFR honors 6 people who saved a man’s life

Six people were recognized Monday morning at Fire Station 15 on Pine Lake Road for stepping up and saving a man's life after he had a heart attack back in August.
People gathered to recognize 6 people who stepped up to save a life.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Six people were recognized Monday morning at Fire Station 15 on Pine Lake Road for stepping up and saving a man’s life after he had a heart attack, back in August.

Six Lincolnites were working out at the Good Life Fitness Center near 84th and Highway 2 in August, little did they know this workout would be one they never forget…

Barry Fowler was working out at the fitness center in one of their boot camp classes, when he suffered a heart attack. Six strangers watched Barry fall to the ground during the intense workout class and quickly jumped into action.

“We initiated CPR, rescue breathing, and used the defibrillator, by the time the EMS and fire crews arrived Berry woke up and was talking to us” Jaime Thimm, one of the rescuers, said.

Out of those six rescuers, several were Nurses and one, a Deputy Sheriff. Most of them CPR certified and trained in situations just like this.

“It was just a blessing we were all providers or first responders and we were all in the gym that day with the resources we needed to help save Barry’s life” Thimm said.

Barry has made a full recovery from the incident and was able to hand out certificates to all six of his guardian angels who stepped in and stepped up at the event. He said words can’t describe how thankful he is for those strangers.

“I am here right now because of what you did and I am so grateful and so thankful that you were willing to put yourself out there” Fowler said.

The certificates were created by Lincoln Fire and Rescue and LFR used this gathering to explain the importance of knowing CPR and other terms of cardiac survival.

“We want to take a few minutes to recognize the citizens that helped step up to do what we ask everybody to do and that’s to be apart of the process that we have in terms of cardiac survival” LFR Interim Chief, Micheal Despain, said.

 

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