A couple of good Samaritans are credited with saving a Wood River man's life. Phil Stassi of Roxana and Keeleigh McAfee of South Roxana were in the right place at the right time to administer CPR to 68-year-old James Wardein when he suffered a heart attack on the parking lot of IHOP on February 18.
The American Heart Association says most people who suffer cardiac arrest die before they make it to the hospital and will have a better chance if someone can help beforehand. Wood River Fire Chief Steve Alexander made the presentation.
Last summer, Governor Quinn signed a law protecting good Samaritans who perform CPR on heart attack or cardiac arrest victims. The law is to encourage people to help others in that situation without the threat of being punished for their good deed hanging over their heads.