By Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA – In the first of its kind, Jim McMaken, Miami County YMCA General Executive, was honored with the “Jan Mulder Citizenship Award” for the second time at Tuesday’s commission meeting.
The first time was for saving the life of Sandra Getzendiner in 2011 when she was attacked by two Pit Bulls at the North Main Street bridge while riding her bike. The second time was after saving the life of Kevin Pryfogle who collapsed and stop breathing after finishing a fun run event in support of Girls on the Run held April 1 of this year at the Piqua YMCA.
An avid runner, Pryfogle finished the event when something went wrong.
Sherman explained how Sue Peltier, organizer of the event, began to yell, “Someone help me, someone help me!”
Seeing the runner on the ground and not breathing, Debbie Stein, executive secretary of the city manager’s office, called 911 as she ran back into the YMCA where she informed McMaken of the situation.
Without hesitation, McMaken retrieved an AED (automated external defibrillator) unit and ran outside.
“It was as if Jim had used this equipment every day,” continued Sherman, explaining how McMaken had remained calm as he followed the AED instructions, even as Pryfogle’s lips, fingertips, and feet turned gray. “Everyone present did everything they could, including talking to Kevin and assisting in ways they thought could save his life, that’s why this community is so awesome.
While it took some time to get back on his feet, Pryfogle suffered no damage to his heart and was back to running in a dozen weeks and in 14 weeks, “I was back to doing everything I wanted to do.”
Pryfogle thanked the number of individuals who saved his life that day, stating, “Jim McMaken did a wonderful job, he’s a good friend but all these other people helped in so many different ways also – they always say it takes a community to raise a child, it also takes a community to help a heart patient. Thank you, very much.”
Bethany J. Royer may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall