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Dunn County Man Saved from Massive Heart Attack

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A young man is given a life-saving award for his actions late last month.

The person he saved happens to be a close friend.

Lucas Stroh lives and ranches in Dunn County.

But, late last month he ended up putting emergency response skills to the test.

And it just so happened to save his friend's life.

Lucas Stroh has known Matt Achter since the age of four.

"Lucas has always been like one of my own sons he's a goof ball. I love playing with the kid," says Matthew Achter.

And branding calves on the ranch in rural Manning, North Dakota was common.

"If there's no shenanigans there it's not a normal branding. It's always fun branding calves together," says Matthew Achter.

But on May 28th Matt began to feel sick and it wasn't long before he fell to the ground.

Lucas immediately ran around the corral to get to Matt thinking was having a seizure.

"Then I noticed that he had a weak pulse and then no pulse. So I yelled call 9-11 and then I began compressions," says Lucas Stroh.

Luckily, Deputy Aaron Geddes with the Dunn County Sheriff's Department was in the area driving back from his shift with AED equipment in his vehicle.

Stroh and Geddes continued with defibrillation and were able to resuscitate Achter before EMTs arrived.

"From what I hear, Lucas grabbed the reigns, he started CPR. Officer Geddes somehow was just driving by the farm that day. I'm one of the few that could say 'I'm back,'" says Matthew Achter.

Both Deputy Geddes and Lucas were honored by Killdeer Area Ambulance Service and the North Dakota Peace Officers Association for their heroism.

But, Lucas says it was a team effort.

"It's humbling, but I also know that it wouldn't have happened without our friends and family. It wouldn't have happened without Killdeer ambulance. It wouldn't have happened without Deputy Geddes and we all worked together," says Lucas Stroh.

As you can see, Achter has since made a full recovery.

He was released from the hospital on June 3rd.

Achter says he's living proof that CPR training works.

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