Quick action at Holy Redeemer Church service helps heart attack victim

| April 30, 2012

Emergency personnel are used to being called into action at any given time. It's not often, though, that they're called into action during church service, which is what happened Sunday during the 10 a.m. Mass at Holy Redeemer Church in Marshall.

A number of churchgoers with medical backgrounds quickly stepped in when an elderly man apparently suffered a heart attack during the service.

"My father-in-law is an usher and he alerted me that an older gentleman had gone down," said Marc Klaith, Marshall fire chief. "There were a number of people there helping. We got him to the back of the church so a lot of people didn't know anything had happened."

According to Rick Jueneman, certified registered nurse anesthetist at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, a traveling pediatrician was the first one to attend the man. Other medical personnel, including Jueneman, didn't hesitate to assist in the situation.

"It happened right near him," Jueneman said of the pediatrician. "Some people quickly stepped in. There were a couple of EMTs (emergency medical technicians) in church."

In addition to EMTs like Mike Minett, Klaith said that John Schaefer and other firemen also responded to the emergency, which highlights the selfless unity of small-town life.



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