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Nurse, canine honored for heroic river rescue

By: KDKA-TV Information Workers

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An unlikely duo was honored for his or her heroic actions over this previous summer season.

An AHN nurse and canine named Tater Tot saved the day and a person’s life at some point again in July.

On the Allegheny River on the River Forest Yacht Membership, 76-year-old Tom Kissel was strolling down the dock together with his canine when out of the blue, an enormous wave slammed into the dock, catching Kissel off guard.

Because of the wave, Kissel was thrown into the water, hitting his head and changing into unconscious on the best way down.

The one one which witnessed his fall was Tater Tot.

“I don’t bear in mind getting knocked out,” Kissel recalled. “I went down within the water, the canine didn’t go away me. He was with me, he simply swam round me. Mary Jo noticed my hand beneath the water, they got here to me, her husband jumped into the water and introduced me to the floor.”

Mary Jo Lender and her husband have been docking their boat after they noticed Tater Tot circling Kissel and jumped into motion.

“We have been protecting our boat, however the canine splashing within the water caught our consideration,” she recalled.

Mary Jo and her husband noticed his arm within the water and that’s when her husband pulled him from the water.

Mary Jo, a nurse at AHN Allegheny Valley, then started compressions, not stopping till paramedics arrived.

“It felt like endlessly however in all probability a very good 15-20 minutes,” stated Mary Jo. “In the mean time, I used to be in full nurse mode. ask my husband, I used to be sort of giving route, that simply sort of took over within the second.”

Mary Jo and Tom have been reunited on Tuesday together with Tom’s trustworthy companion Tater Tot to have fun his good well being.


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