HERRIMAN — It was an early February storm that forced John Ryder to bring out the snowblower.
“I was out clearing the snow in the morning,” Ryder said. “The last thing I remember, I just went down.”
Ryder was having a heart attack. Neighbors who saw him fall and two vigilant snowplow drivers who happened to be in the area started CPR.
Captain Anthony Widdison with Unified Fire Authority was one of the first emergency responders on scene. He said right away he noticed how effective the CPR being performed was.
“We did note right away that the CPR being performed was not the typical CPR you would see from a bystander,” Widdison said. “It was really well done, almost textbook.”
Little did he know, the snow plow drivers were just trained by Unified Fire Authority in CPR weeks before.
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Ryder is grateful for the quick actions taken by everyone on scene.
“All those things saved my life,” he said. “That’s really what it came down to.”
Herriman City agreed, and on Wednesday night they honored nearly a dozen people who responded to the incident with a citizen's award.
Ryder hoped his story would remind others of the importance of taking action when someone is in need.
“You can always be of assistance; even if you feel you can’t do it, you can try,” Ryder said. “You never know, you may be able to make a difference in somebody’s life just like they did mine.”
For information on CPR classes offered by Unified Fire Authority, visit UnifiedFire.org.