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Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Dan Hyde thanks IPFW police officer Grant Cowan during a ceremony Wednesday to recognize those who helped save Hyde after a heart attack.

Peers’ lifesaving efforts hearten IPFW worker

Several IPFW employees were honored Wednesday for saving the life of a fellow employee.

In May, Dan Hyde, a physical plant employee, was working in Walb Student Union when he had a heart attack. Employees Leanne Hand and Julie Miller found Hyde, and Hand called for help while Miller began performing CPR.

Heather Krull, a nurse from IPFW’s Center for Healthy Living, and officer Grant Cowan continued CPR and used an automatic external defibrillator. The Fort Wayne Fire Department then arrived and transported Hyde to a hospital, where he recovered.

On Wednesday, Cowan received the American Red Cross Lifesaving Team award for the professional responder, and Krull and Miller received civilian commendations for their lifesaving actions.

Kaye Pitcher, from the university’s engineering department, and graduate student Dustin Hershberger were also recognized. Pitcher, Hershberger and Hand each received the Distinguished Ripples honor from human resources.

Hyde thanked the group for saving his life.

“I wouldn’t be here if you hadn’t been there. This is very emotional for me. I appreciate it very much; thank you for saving my life,” he said.

IPFW will offer a CPR/AED training class from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 14 at Walb Student Union, Room 114.

There are four sessions, and the cost is $50 for the public or $25 for IPFW employees and their spouses. For more information, call Judy Tillapaugh at 481-6647.