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Great Bend woman living proof of benefits of bystander CPR

Pictured from left to right are Great Bend Fire Department firefighter Nick Larmer, Capt. Mark Pohlman, firefighter Michael Reifschneider, Battalion Chief Eugene Perkins, Debra Smith, Jeff Towery, Joe Ashbaugh and Jayton Burns. After Smith suffered a heart attack last October, the others shown he...

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 Debra Smith sat in the Great Bend Fire Department’s station two Wednesday afternoon surrounded by Jeff Towery, Joe Ashbaugh and Jayton Burns.

“These are my angels,” Smith said.

It was around noon on Oct. 14 of last year when Smith suffered a heart attack at Straub International and collapsed to the floor.  Towery, Ashbaugh and Burns all jumped in and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, saving her life.

“They are my buddies,” the elated Great Bend woman said. All are or were employees of the agricultural implement dealership at the time.

The trio, all of whom had military or other CPR ...

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