Rice Lake (WQOW) - Some area store employees jumped into action when a customer had a medical emergency while shopping in the store.
In late August, Matt Schultz, the assistant store manager of Blain's Farm & Fleet store in Rice Lake, Skylar Nispel, a tire desk associate and Allyson Sims, a stocking crew, were recognized with the national "Heartsaver Hero Award" for their efforts in saving the man's life.
Earlier in the summer, officials said the three employees helped save a man's life after he apparently went into cardiac arrest. They said Nispel told Schultz to call 911 and then started CPR. Sims retrieved the store's automated external defibrillator (AED), and Schultz activated an electric shock to restart the man's heart.
Officials with the American Heart Association said because of the three store employees' actions, the man is still alive today. On Friday, September 1, Jane Blain Gilbertson, the owner/president and CEO of Blain's Farm and Fleet, presented the hero awards to the employees.
The American Heart Association said less than 12 percent of victims survive sudden cardiac arrest. It also said effective CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chances of survival, but only 41 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.