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Good samaritan saves man's life

Posted: 8:09 PM, Aug 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 05:39:30-04

LANSING, Mich. — An East Lansing man is alive today because of a good Samaritan who stopped to help.

In January, Dr. Mike Ball went into cardiac arrest, something very few people survive.

Marty Anderson was driving home one night when he saw a police officer who looked lost.

"He said, 'Cardiac arrest,' and I said, 'I'm off-duty Lansing Fire. Do you have gloves?' and he threw me some gloves and we went inside," said Anderson.

Marty took over for Mike's wife who was performing CPR.

After he recovered, Dr. Ball wanted to meet the person who stepped in to help.

He told the story to Marvin Helmker who turned out to be a mutual friend.

Tuesday, Anderson and Dr. Ball finally met.

"This is the first time I've been able to meet someone who I've had an impact on their life, and it's a tremendous feeling," said Anderson.

It turned out that both men have a connection to Lansing Community College.

Dr. Ball has taught there for more than three decades and that's also where Anderson learned the life-saving skills to become a paramedic.

"I'm so excited to be alive. I have a new lease on life. That's really what it is. I mean, this man allowed me to have a second chance at life, and not everybody can have that," said Dr. Ball.

Anderson said this story shows the importance of knowing CPR.

To find a class near you, click the link to the right of this story.

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