NH man credits first responders for saving his life

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A Windham man was reunited with first responders on Thursday who he credits with saving his life. When Dave Hughes collapsed while working in his garden in September, doctors weren’t sure he would pull through. “We weren’t sure,” his wife said. , Wendy Hughes. “We weren’t sure what the outcome would be.” His wife found him in the yard and called 911, telling dispatcher Abby Rider she didn’t think her husband was breathing. Within 47 seconds, Rider had notified Windham Police and EMS of what was happening, and they were there within three minutes. Hughes was rushed to Parkland Medical Center, where he remained for three weeks. His doctors said the quick work of first responders had enabled him to make a full recovery. “Without you, I wouldn’t be here,” said Dave Hughes. “So thank you. Thank you very much.” On Thursday, the New Hampshire Department of Safety’s Division of Emergency Services and Communications brought together Dave Hughes and first responders in a ceremony honoring their lifesaving work. Mark Doyle, Director of the Division of Emergency Services and Communications “People who call 911 are rarely aware of the results of their efforts, and very rarely are we able to bring together the people we have today,” said said Mark Doyle, Division Manager. “We are part of this chain of survival. As Thanksgiving approaches, Dave and Wendy Hughes said they are even more grateful for the hard work of all the first responders. “I got over it that day and got my Dave back, so thank you,” his wife said. According to the American Heart Association, about 90% of people who have cardiac arrest outside of the hospital are dying, adding that time is a key factor in survival Anyone who thinks they or a family member is having a heart attack should call for help immediately.

A Windham man was reunited with first responders on Thursday who he credits with saving his life.

When Dave Hughes collapsed while working in his garden in September, doctors weren’t sure he would pull through.

“We weren’t sure,” said his wife, Wendy Hughes. “We weren’t sure what the outcome would be.”

His wife found him in the yard and called 911, telling dispatcher Abby Rider she didn’t think her husband was breathing.

Within 47 seconds, Rider had informed Windham Police and EMS of what was happening, and they were there within three minutes.

Hughes was rushed to Parkland Medical Center, where he remained for three weeks. His doctors said the quick work of first responders had enabled him to make a full recovery.

“Without you, I wouldn’t be here,” said Dave Hughes. “So thank you. Thank you very much.”

On Thursday, the New Hampshire Department of Safety’s Division of Emergency Services and Communications brought together Dave Hughes and first responders in a ceremony to honor their lifesaving work.

Mark Doyle, Director, Emergency Services and Communications Division

“People who take 911 calls are rarely aware of the results of their efforts, and very rarely are we able to reunite the people we have today,” said Division Manager Mark Doyle. “We are part of this chain of survival.”

As Thanksgiving approaches, Dave and Wendy Hughes said they are even more grateful for the work of all the first responders.

“I got through that day and got my Dave back, so thank you,” his wife said.

According to the American Heart Association, around 90% of people who have a cardiac arrest outside the hospital die, adding that time is a key factor in survival. Anyone who thinks they or a family member is having a heart attack should call for help immediately.

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