BISMARCK, N.D. - The food service director for the state penitentiary in Bismarck suffered a heart attack on the job on March 15. Merle Glasser had no prior symptoms, no warning and for a few minutes, no pulse. His co-workers jumped in to help and saved his life.
It was a regular day for Glasser the DOCR warehouse. He was counting pallets, trying to see what he needed to order for next week. When he stepped out of the freezer, everything went to black.
"Down I dropped And next thing I know, I woke up and I was attached to the AED,” said Glasser.
He had no idea Friday, March 15 was nearly his last day alive. For a couple minutes after suffering a heart attack, he was dead. His coworkers brought him back to life with the help of an AED.
"Hearing the AED machine say no pulse detected, that was truly when it was real when Merle was gone,” said Dallas Scheet, the warehouse manager.
One shock and a few chest compressions later, Merle was back.
"I didn't know what was going on. I had no clue as to what was going on. Even after I got up and recovered so to speak, I didn't feel any symptoms, any pain,” said Glasser.
He was back to work after missing only a couple of weeks.
"I think had it not been for the doctors saying no, he'd been back to work on Monday or Tuesday,” said Scheet.
Glasser says he was fortunate that an AED was so close to him because if he was inside the prison, they would've had to travel to a central location to get one. He also said after this event, they're installing one in the kitchen.