Thanks Responders Who Performed CPR, Used an AED, Saved His Life
“You guys saved my life. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
Those were the first words uttered by Dr. Stephen Sroka at the Medina Performing Arts Center on Friday morning, October 21, 2016, on the very stage where 9 months earlier, he died.
Dr. Sroka, President of Health Education Consultants and a popular speaker at professional educational and school safety conferences, suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on January 15, 2016, while delivering a presentation on heroin use to the staff of the Medina City Schools. Fortunately, two School Resource Officers and an associate principal were able to respond immediately. All had received CPR/AED training.
“We were at the right place at the right time,” said Officer Mike Wesner. “I mean we were there within seconds.”
Officer Wesner retrieved an automated external defibrillator (AED) while Officer Al Roland performed CPR. Associate Principal Andy Brenner, who had received AED training just two weeks earlier, administered the shock that restarted Sroka’s heart.
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“It saves lives,” Stephen Sroka notes. “I can attest from my still beating heart.”