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American Heart Association Honors Local Heroes

Updated: Friday, August 15 2014, 04:10 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- Two men receive high honors for their heroic actions Wednesday.
It was late last year when Greg Kyes and Mike Ryan's quick response and emergency training helped save the life of a local man.

Their good deed was rewarded this morning by the American Heart Association at Kerasotes YMCA in Springfield.
Back in October, Kyes and Ryan saw a man collapsed after running on Sacred Heart Griffin's track. That was when they jumped into action, to save the life of George Rudis by performing CPR until paramedics arrived.

"The ambulance driver and the emergency room personnel and all the cardiac calf people, and certainly all of those people played a huge role in my recovery. But without them to start the process, all those other people would've been working on someone else."

Following the incident, George Rudis received a defibrillator and three stints at Memorial Medical Center.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 360-thousand cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital, each year. This makes CPR training a top priority for the AHA, as it can triple a heart attack victim's chance of survival.

American Heart Association Honors Local Heroes

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