Pinellas deputies save man with CPR

PALM HARBOR, FL (WFLA) — There was quite a lot of drama along the Pinellas Trail on Tuesday afternoon in Palm Harbor, just north of Wall Springs Park.

A 58-year-old St. Petersburg man collapsed while riding his bicycle. Deputies Harry Harris and Jim Miller, nearby in separate patrol cars, responded.

“I kneeled next to Harry. The only pulse I could feel was the pulse that Harry was giving him through chest compressions,” said Deputy Miller. Those were compressions from CPR that they had learned in training.

“Anyone can do it. I mean, it’s not only a skill that can be used for life but it can also save a life” said Daniel Vogt of the YMCA of the Suncoast.

Deputy Miller kept the victim’s airway clear until a Sunstar ambulance crew took over.

These deputies are being credited with a job well-done. “It does feel good. There’s some rough days on this job, but days like that makes it all worth it,” said Deputy Harris.

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