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Fast action of emergency responders saved local man’s life

Tanya Wemett hugs her husband Jeff soon after recalling in detail how he suffered a massive heart attack in October, and the fast action of North Warren Emergency Squad personnel — and her son — saved his life. Observing the hug is Laura Eklund (right), who was behind the wheel of the ambulance that drove Jeff to Glens Falls Hospital.

Tanya Wemett hugs her husband Jeff soon after recalling in detail how he suffered a massive heart attack in October, and the fast action of North Warren Emergency Squad personnel — and her son — saved his life. Observing the hug is Laura Eklund (right), who was behind the wheel of the ambulance that drove Jeff to Glens Falls Hospital. Photo by Thom Randall.

— With Jeff now lying on the floor, Nolan started pushing on his chest, administering chest compressions so his father would resume breathing.

Within minutes, members of the fire department and the North Warren Emergency Squad arrived.

Eklund provided emotional support while others attended to Jeff’s medical crisis.

Jeff was trying to breath, but couldn’t exhale, Tanya recalled.

“It panicked me — I didn't know what we could do,” Tanya said.

But paramedics Jason Paul and Kevin White knew exactly what was needed. They administered life-saving drugs, Tanya said.

“Jason remain so calm, and he did what he had to do, step by step,” she recalled, fighting back tears. “They did what they had to do, and didn’t give up on Jeff — everybody was fantastic.”

Members of the latter group administered drugs to stimulate Jeff’s heart.

“And thank God Nolan did what he did,” Eklund added, referring to the chest compressions.

“I am so proud of him,” Tanya replied.

Among the responders on the scene attending to Jeff’s needs were Jason Paul; Bill LaPierre; Kevin Feldt; Kevin White; plus local firefighters Jack, Chelsea and Pam Crossman; and Laurie Bartlett; Pete Cafaro and Dennis Harppinger.

The EMTs loaded Jeff into the ambulance, attached monitoring equipment, and gave him chest compressions.

Jason Paul and Kevin White administered life saving drugs — one of them squeezed a bulb that pumped oxygen into Jeff’s lungs while they both watched his condition on the monitor.

Tanya rode shotgun in the ambulance —and Eklund was at the wheel.

In the rearview mirror, Eklund saw the paramedics work to save Jeff’s life, she recalled.

“At first they were pumping air into his lungs with the bag valve, then I saw them stop — replacing the hand pump with an oxygen mask,” Eklund recalled.

“I said, YES, he’s got a pulse,” she added with a thumbs-up gesture.

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