• Ohio pizza employees use CPR to save co-worker's life

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio -

    Some fast work by three co-workers at an Ohio pizza shop helped save the life of a fellow employee, WJW reported.

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    Gibson Gaynesbloom, 63, went into cardiac arrest March 5 while working at a Little Caesars in New Philadelphia, the television station reported.

    His co-workers sprang into action. Keralyn Songer, 34, called paramedics. Nicole Strong, 35, who told WJW she learned CPR in high school, cleared Gaynesbloom’s air passage and put him on his back. Brody Ferris, who learned CPR last summer -- “I only had three lifeguarding classes at the YMCA,” he told WJW -- also helped out.

    Strong continued mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until paramedics arrived, the television station reported.

    Gaynesbloom was taken to a hospital and had emergency surgery that saved his life, WJW reported. He is expected to make a full recovery.

    “They essentially started to save my life. Thank you so much. Thank you all and thank you, everyone,” Gaynesbloom told the television station. “I’ve got children and grandchildren. I want to see them grow up.”

    Andrea Tyson, who owns the pizza shop, threw a party for the trio Friday and gave them gift cards, WJW reported.

    “The conversation I had with the three of them was that I believe that if one of them was not trained in CPR, then I don’t think he would be here today. I know he wouldn’t be here,” Tyson told the television station.

     

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