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Lutheran saves life

Sam Allison, 22, a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hartford, Conn., and the New England Synod council, had just finished his shift as lifeguard at Cornerstone Aquatics Center in Hartford when he was summoned.

A man had collapsed from cardiac arrest and was wedged between a treadmill and elliptical.

Later, emergency personnel credited Allison and two other lifeguards, their skills in basic CPR and an automated external defibrillator (the portable heart-shocking devices often located in public buildings) with saving the man's life.


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