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Heart attack survivor thanks his life-savers

Annie Flanzraich
Annie Flanzraich / Tahoe Daily TribuneZephyr Cove resident Steve Connell and his wife, Gracie, pose for a photo with the team from the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service who helped save his life in May.

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – On May 28, Steve Connell was playing tennis at Zephyr Cove Park when he went into cardiac arrest. Those around him began trying to call 911, but shoddy cell phone reception prevented their calls from going through.

By the time someone ran down to the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District station on Elks Point Road one of the calls managed to get through and crews from the TDFPD, the U.S. Forest Service and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office were on their way to help Connell.

On Wednesday, Connell was at the TDFPD station – this time with cookies, his wife, Gracie, and gratitude.

“You guys took good care of me,” Connell said.

The TDFPD recognized the work of the team that helped save Connell’s life at a board meeting Wednesday.

“I want to celebrate this,” said Battalion Chief Ben Sharit. “It’s phenomenal to have someone walk back into a fire station to say thank you.”

The day of Connell’s heart attack, a number of people were on his case, including: Kirk Thompson, Brandon Brady, Brad Petersen, Kevin Green, Jesse Rowan, Taylor Chambers, Jenny Alustiza, Garret Hekhuis, Mark Novak, Kevin Schaler, Rick Koontz Jr. and Geoff Bonar.

“These actions demonstrate the high level of dedication of the employees of the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District,” Sharit said.ͨ

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