In July of 1999, Kevin Stephan was a bat boy for his younger brother’s Little League baseball team. While warming up, one of the players accidentally hit Kevin in the chest causing his heart to stop beating.
Fortunately, a nurse by the name of Penny Brown was sitting in the stands. Fortunate, because instead of going to work that night, Nurse Brown was given the time off – at the last minute – so she could attend the game. As soon as Kevin collapsed, she rushed out of the bleachers and began administering CPR until he regained consciousness.
But that’s not the interesting part of this story. For that, we’ll have to fast-forward to 2006.
That year, Kevin was a senior in high school, a volunteer firefighter, and an employee at the Hillview Restaurant in Depew, New York.
During lunch one day, he was interrupted from washing dishes by one of his co-workers screaming for him to come out of the kitchen and into the dining room. One of the patrons was choking on a piece of meat.
Kevin’s training took over, and he skillfully administered the Heimlich maneuver on the choking woman. After two quick thrusts, the meat was dislodged, and the woman began breathing again.
That woman was Penny Brown.
When we help someone, we never know what it might mean to them…or us.
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