FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - May 3, 2013 is a day Dan Hyde will never forget. That's the day he had a heart attack and his co-workers saved his life.
"There's nothing you can say. No words can possibly express the gratitude. Thanks is all I can say and it's not enough," Hyde said.
Hyde, an IPFW custodian, was working in the Walb Student Center. He got off the service elevator in the basement and didn't feel well.
"I needed to sit down and that's the last thing I can remember," he said.
Julie Miller and Leanne Hand work across the hall in the Special Events Department.
"I heard him making a sound in the hallway. It kept repeating so it caught my attention. I went out and saw Kaye and the students coming down the hallway," Miller said.
Kaye Pitcher was in an Engineering Department meeting down the hall. She and graduate student Dustin Hershberger had also heard Hyde making noise.
"We saw Dan clearly in distress. He couldn't talk. He fell to his knees and then collapsed on the floor," Miller said.
Hyde wasn't breathing and his face was turning blue. Miller didn't hesitate and started CPR. Pitcher helped roll Hyde over and stayed with Hyde's wife when she got there. Hershberger called 911 and helped direct responders through campus, Pitcher said. Another student ran to get nurse Heather Krull. Krull took over CPR and Hand sprinted up two flights of stairs to get the AED from the health clinic.
That's when IPFW officer Grant Cowan arrived. He was dispatched to an "unconscious party," so he didn't know the problem until he arrived.
"It was obvious he was in full arrest," Cowan said.
Cowen used the AED and Hyde started to breathe again. That's when the other emergency responders arrived to take him to a hospital.
"When I woke up, there was an EMT named Mike who was telling me how lucky I was," Hyde said.
Jayne Schele, Hyde's wife of almost a year in May, also works at IPFW. She got a call from the campus monitor.
"She said I better get to Dan real quick. I didn't think I'd walk in on what I did," Schele said.
On Wednesday Hyde's co-workers were recognized with several honors.
Officer Cowan received the American Red Cross Lifesaving Team Award for the Professional Responder. Heather Krull and Julie Miller were recognized with Civilian Commendation Awards.
Those three along with Leanne Hand, Kaye Pitcher and Dustin Hershberger were honored with the Distinguished Ripples Award from the Human Resources Department.
Schele and Hyde are just grateful their co-workers knew CPR.
"I don't know what to say. Thank you everybody," Schele said.
Now IPFW wants more people to be prepared. The school's offering CPR/AED training classes. The classes will be September 14 from 8 a.m. to noon and on September 17, October 22 and November 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The class costs $50 for anyone in the community and $25 for IPFW employees, their spouses and students.
To sign up or to get more information call Judy Tillapaugh at (260) 481-6647.
IPFW currently has nine AEDs on campus. Two are with police officers patrolling. The other seven are in strategic locations around campus. Interim Chief Tony Colone said Wednesday they are looking into getting more AEDs.
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