The events of May 31 at the Cardinal Fitness on U.S. 30 in New Lenox are still fresh for Suthowski, who said he saw the man fall down after he and Dennis Siears were talking to him.
“We were joking around [and] he just rolled off his treadmill; it took us about 30 seconds to realize what was happening,” Suthowski said.
A salesmen and a resident of New Lenox, Suthowski had previously taken a class in emergency medical treatment.
“I thought I’d be an paramedic, but the cut off age is 35. I never thought it’d come it handy,” Suthowski said.
Graf, a preschool teacher from Frankfort, also had EMT training and was able to assist by compressing the man’s chest to keep his blood flowing.
“When I came up he was as blue as blue can be,” Graf said. “The instructions were in my head on how to do the chest compression, so I just reacted.”
According to Siears, a Frankfort resident, Cardinal Fitness Manager Hans Schultz retrieved an automated external defibrillator.
“I went to call the ambulance and then Suthowski was on the respirator and I was on the defibrillator,” Siears said.
“Slowly he was starting to breathe,” Graf said. “It happened in about five or six minutes, but it felt much longer.”
Through it happened in a span a minutes, Suthowski, Siears, Schultz and Graf gave a man back the rest of his life.