Mary Lundvall had gone into cardiac arrest while getting ready for church. She had collapsed in front of her daughter, Shonna, in an upstairs bedroom.
As if watching your mother go into cardiac arrest isn’t traumatic enough, this happened on Mother’s Day.
When she dialed 911, Shonna was so hysterical that dispatcher Charity Stewart had trouble understanding what she was saying.
Police Sgt. Joe Baird and officers Derek Weinhardt and Tim Vogt were first on scene. Before rushing inside, Vogt grabbed a defibrillator and medical bag from his trunk.
The officers quickly went to work. Weinhardt checked Lundvall’s pulse while Vogt hooked up the defibrillator.
Meanwhile, Baird took Shonna downstairs to try to calm her down.
When Officer Brian McColley showed up, he took Lundvall’s husband, Dennis, aside so the other officers could work. Dennis had been performing CPR when police arrived.
Vogt delivered a shock and within seconds Lundvall had a faint pulse. That’s all it took. The shock had revived her. Soon she was conscious and alert, and by the time an ambulance arrived, Lundvall was talking.
She was rushed to Campbell County Memorial Hospital and later flown by air ambulance to a hospital in Billings, Mont. Vogt stayed by her side right up until a Life Flight airplane whisked her away.
Afterward, Lundvall thanked Vogt, telling him he went “over and above the call of duty.”
In his 18 years in law enforcement, Baird never saw an unresponsive patient snap back as quickly as Lundvall did. When he heard her talking, he almost went into cardiac arrest himself, he joked.
“It was a miracle,” Baird said.
Today, Lundvall is healthy and grateful, especially for the officers who helped save her life.