DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) –An act of heroism on aisle four.
A manager jumped into action Sunday evening with two other customers when a man had a heart attack in the Dearborn Save-A-Lot.
“Once I got up here I could tell right away that he was not breathing,” said assistant manager Terri Shepherd.
Danny Rugenski was found unconscious and not breathing inside the store after suffering a heart attack.
“My cashier brought me the phone and the operator walked us through CPR,” she said. “Because none of us were CPR-trained. But I’ve seen it enough to know that time was crucial.”
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And they did not have much of it, so they took turns performing CPR and trying to wake him up.
“He was not breathing and he did not have a pulse,” Shepherd said. “But we brought him back and we kept him back.”
First responders arrived soon after and took Danny to Oakwood Hospital Dearborn, where his relatives learned just how high the stakes were.
“They said if it wasn’t for her doing that CPR, he wouldn’t be here right now,” said Lillian Shannon. Danny’s sister. “He wouldn’t have made it to the hospital.”
“She’s our angel,” said of Shepherd.
Danny’s sister Lillian met up with Terri to share her gratitude and news of his recovery.
“Once I found out he lived, I was ecstatic,” Shepherd said. “I cried, overjoyed, completely overjoyed.”
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“That’s what they say,” Shepherd said. “But I don’t look at like that. I just look at it like I was just doing what I needed to do, to diffuse the situation and have a positive outcome.”