Two Hastings High School students are being credited with helping save the life of a man who collapsed Friday morning while clearing snow from his driveway.
Sydney Radke and Addie Buck discovered the unresponsive middle-aged man in the 1300 block of West 15th Street about 8:25 a.m. Jan. 12, 2018., when the air temperature was about 8 degrees below zero. They began CPR.
Police officers Dan Tollefson and Craig Nowlan arrived and administered one cardiac shock with an automated external defibrillator just as an ambulance was arriving. The man was put into the ambulance, where other life-saving measures took place.
Before being taken from the scene, the man had regained a palpable pulse, said Mike Schutt, fire chief and emergency management services director. The man is recovering at a local hospital, he said.
"The whole thing is pretty remarkable," Schutt said. "First the young girls, then the officers ... they saved a life."
Police Chief Bryan Schafer said the plan is to give special recognition to the two students and two officers at an upcoming Hastings City Council meeting.
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