Manís Life Saved by Patron and Employees at Legacy Park Community Center
February 2, 2017
When Terrance Benson went into full cardiac arrest at Legacy Park Community Center on January 16, Austin Aguirre, Cameron Struckmeier, and Devin Blazek leapt to action to save his life.
Aguirre witnessed Benson fall to the ground while exercising and knew immediately that something was wrong. He also knew exactly what to do and began chest compressions. It was this quick and decisive action that bought Blazek and Struckmeier the crucial seconds needed to come to the manís aide with an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Benson was then transported by EMS to a local hospital where he received three stints. He is expected to make a full recovery.
On Wednesday, January 25, Benson arrived unannounced to the Leeís Summit Parks & Recreation board meeting where Aguirre, Struckmeier, and Blazek were to be recognized for the actions. Benson shared that had he gone to the Community Center when he normally would have, instead of taking an atypical nap that day prior to working out, Aguirre would not have been at the right place at the right time to save his life. It was an emotional presentation, and one those in attendance are not likely to forget anytime soon.
Cell phone footage of the meeting may be viewed here: https://youtu.be/c6Fb90kIjco