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Men Receive Award After Saving Heart Attack Victim

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Lucas Stroh says waiting for an ambulance is something he couldn't do. The 21-year old says what started as a fun day of branding cattle at Stroh's Ranch Herefords in Manning took a tragic turn.

"My mom was working hard to help him breathe but everyone was having a really hard time with it" said Lucas Stroh. "and I was too but I also knew that somebody had to keep their head clear."

When family friend Matt Achter collapsed during a heart attack, Stroh sprang into action starting CPR and chest compressions while waiting for first responders. 
Dunn County Deputy Sheriff Aaron Geddes was the first to arrive to the ranch and used an automated external defibrillator or  AED to get Achter's heart pumping again. But after 3 cycles of CPR and two shocks from the AED, Geddes says his hopes were dimming.

"There's that little moment of oh-no," said Geddes. "This is not going well so by that point the training is to reassess the pulse so I reassessed for a pulse and he had a pulse which is kind of completely surprised me"

Then Killdeer Ambulance arrived and took Achter to Dickinson, where he was air lifted to Bismarck and survived. 
And Stroh and Geddes received the North Dakota Peace Officers Life-Saving Award.
Achter says there is no way for him to thank Stroh and Geddes for the priceless gift they have given him.

"They really gave me that you take for granted is time, they gave me so much time back, my kids, my granddaughter," said Achter.

Stroh was surprised with a 500 dollar scholarship that will pay for his EMT classes and the aspiring paramedic says he isn't ready to stop saving lives.
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