A local woman came forward yesterday to thank two members of EMS that she credits with saving her life after having a heart attack in November 2008.
Jane Protsack was reunited with two of the people on scene that day, paramedic Lori Young and EMT Seth Dodman, and she hugged them both.
“They’re both angels and I’m so grateful for all the work they did on me so I’m able to stand here,” she said with tears in her eyes.
After collapsing at work, it would take 40 minutes of CPR and six deliveries of electricity to restart Protsack’s heart.
“We were hoping for a positive outcome,” said Dodman. “After 40 minutes of CPR, it’s not something that you see very often.”
“She wouldn’t be here if they didn’t do their job and didn’t give up on her,” said Donna Sledz, Protsack’s daughter. “There are no words that can ever explain how thankful I am for that.”
Protsack said another factor behind her decision to go public was the increasing number of women who are dying from heart attacks.