Man awarded Citizens Life Saving Award for giving co-worker CPR

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Ray Harris Jr. was awarded the citizens life saving award at Monday night’s city council meeting for performing life saving CPR on a co-worker who was suffering from a cardiac arrest.

At 5:09 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2015 Harris’s co-worker had a heart attack and Harris immediately started providing CPR. He had just been to a CPR class provided by his employer, Orr Chevrolet, ten days earlier. Harris continued CPR until Texarkana, Texas Fire Department firefighters arrived on scene and took over.

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Firefighters shocked the co-worker’s heart with a portable AED twice before LifeNet arrived on scene and transported the man to a local hospital. The man walked out of the hospital the next week and resumed normal life activities.

Mayor Bob Bruggeman and Texarkana, Texas Fire Chief Eric Schlotter presented the award to Harris.

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