- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

CRESSON, Pa. (AP) - Paramedics say an employee’s CPR helped save a customer who suffered a heart attack at a Pennsylvania convenience store.

Ashley Nickol tells Friday’s Altoona Mirror (https://bit.ly/1zcpZDq ) her instincts took over after the man collapsed and stopped breathing late last month.

Nickol, a CPR-certified nursing student, applied chest compressions until an ambulance arrived. The 31-year-old says the Jan. 31 episode was the first time she’s performed CPR in a real-life emergency.

Paramedics presented Nickol with an award and balloons Thursday. They say her actions greatly improved his chances at survival. He’s remained hospitalized for treatment of underlying medical conditions.

Nickol’s worked at the Sheetz store for eight years. She’ll finish nursing school in May. She says the chain should consider training management in CPR.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, https://www.altoonamirror.com


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