It’s a compelling story, though one that did not receive much publicity at the time.
On September 14, Harrison Malec was running with fellow youth rowers from the Saugatuck Rowing Club. Suddenly, the 14-year-old collapsed.
Teammate Will Cromwell immediately started CPR. Coach Sharon Kriz called 911. Westport EMS paramedics were there within 4 minutes, followed by police and fire personnel.
They took over CPR, applied a cardiac monitor, shocked Harrison’s heart back into a normal rhythm, stabilized him, and took him to the hospital.
Tests revealed an extremely rare cardiac abnormality. After open heart surgery, Harrison returned to school 6 weeks later. He’s expected to fully recover.
To say thanks, William Raveis Realty — where Harrison’s mother Joelle works — held a fundraiser for EMS. The Malec family then presented Westport EMS members with a check and a plaque.
Marc Hartog, EMS coordinator, said that in over 30 years as a paramedic, he could could on two hands the number of cardiac arrest patients he’s treated who walk out of the hospital to lead fully productive.
And, he added, “this is the first time one of them has come back in person to thank us.”
EMS and other people save your life, and you don’t go back to thank them?!
How could those people have been saved? They didn’t even have hearts to begin with.
(For information on CPR classes — offered free to Westport residents — click here or call 203-341-6030.)