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Quick work saves a life

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Mark Johnson was at a construction site when he suffered a heart attack.

Quick work by two men helped save his life.

“We’re going to share with you just an amazing story,” said Kevin Lee, North Memorial Ambulance.

Johnson doesn’t remember much about that day.

“I had some guardian angels with me that day, and because of them I got a chance,” Johnson said. “My family thanks them. Grandchildren thank them and from the bottom of my heart I thank them for their training and what they have done for me.”

Johnson, from Anderson Brothers in Brainerd, was present at a recent Crow Wing County Board meeting as Wayne Dosh from the Crow Wing County Highway Department and Dave Delfosse from Duininck Inc. out of Willmar were both recognized for their efforts to save his life.

Lee said Dosh and Delfosse performed CPR on the patient until a North Ambulance crew arrived. Dosh and Delfosse were recognized with Heart Saver Awards from North Ambulance.

“Keep in mind this is obviously a patient who is not breathing and doesn’t have a pulse,” Lee said. “The patient ended up living and doing very well.

“Without a shadow of a doubt this patient would not have survived if these gentleman wouldn’t have done CPR prior to our arrival. So thank you. Great work.”

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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