Citizens Lifesaving Award

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A North Dakota man is honored today for his role in saving his wife.

Joe Kraft was presented the Citizens Lifesaving Award for giving CPR to his wife, Renae after she collapsed last month.
He had never performed CPR in his life and was coached by a dispatcher until emergency crews could arrive.
The ambulance service said they want to congratulate him, but also express the importance of knowing the life-saving technique.
Immediate CPR doubles and sometimes triples a person’s chance of survival – and without Joe, the crew says Renae, likely, would not have survived.
“It was awful scary. Can’t thank these people enough. I don’t even know who answered the phone at 9-1-1, but they’re the ones that helped me through it and told me what to do, so they deserve the credit.” said Joe Kraft.
Joe says he’s going to enroll in a CPR training course, the next chance he gets.

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