BY KIM LUTTRELL
Recently employees of Gutterridge Harley-Davidson as well as members of the Tilton EMS and Medix received Heart of the Community awards from Provena Regional EMS for saving the life of a Tilton man.
On Sept. 8, William Maag of Tilton could have easily died in the parking lot of Gutterridge Harley-Davidson without the quick action of Gutterridge employees and the Tilton EMS.
“One of our employees, Larry David, came in and said that there was a man lying in the parking lot,” explained Roger Gutterridge. “I ran back into the parking lot with Larry and found Mr. Maag laying face down.
“I could tell he was not breathing and his lips were blue,” Gutterridge said. “Then when I touched him to check for a pulse, he was ice cold.”
With the help of his father, Michael Gutterridge, they rolled Maag over on his back.
When the call to the Tilton EMS went out, Tilton EMS member Todd Schultz heard the alarm and immediately responded to Gutterridge’s parking lot and assisted Michael Gutterridge in administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
“Our local H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) group has monthly meetings and at one meeting we were taught some basic CPR,” added Roger Gutterridge. “So it really helped.”
Within seven minutes of the call to 911, members of the Tilton EMS were on the scene and administered a shock to Maag with an automated external defibrillator.
Tilton EMS was able to establish a pulse for Maag and prepare him for transport to Provena United Samaritans Medical Center by Medix ambulance.
Maag was later airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
According to Maag’s wife, Julie, he had suffered a stroke plus a heart attack.
“He was on a ventilator for two weeks,” said Julie. “He had two stents and a defibrillator put in during his hospital stay.”
Maag was in the hospital from Sept. 8 until Oct. 19.
Julie Maag said she is so thankful for the Gutterridge employees and for Tilton EMS.
“They are just so awesome,” Julie added. “There is no way we can ever repay them.”
Julie Maag said the family, which includes four children, have only lived in Tilton for a year.
Julie said her husband is undergoing therapy now for some speech issues and for some physical issues on the right side of his body. He was able to attend the awards presentation at Gutterridge Harley-Davidson.
Troy Dunn, training center coordinator for Provena Regional EMS, and Michael Brown, CEO of Provena United Samaritans Medical Center presented the Heart of the Community awards to Gutterridge employees Michael and Roger Gutterridge, Tilton EMS members Todd Schultz, Brian Schull, Dan Pentecost, Richard Austin and Sarah Hudson and Medix employees Roger Lange and Matt Myers.
According to Dunn, in the four years since the Heart of the Community award program was started to recognize persons that use CPR or an AED device to save a life, there have been seven or eight awards presented each year in the nine counties served by Provena Regional EMS.