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Life-saving effort highlights crucial role of EMTs

Pictured are Shannon and Jennifer Schartz. The two credit Great Bend Emergency Medical Services for saving Shannon’s life after he had a heart attack. National Emergency Medical Technicians Week ended Saturday.

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At about 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Shannon Schartz, an avid tennis player and coach, was playing the game he loved. Then, he suddenly collapsed on the court gasping for air.
He had suffered a heart attack.
His tennis buddies and Club One Fitness employees immediately called 911.
“The ambulance arrived within a few short minutes,” and Great Bend Fire Department emergency medical technicians immediately worked to save him, his wife Jennifer Schartz said. “Had it not been for a series of well-trained experts being in the right place at the right time, I could very easily have been ...

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