Lifting spirits: Bartender helps save biker’s life following collapse

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ASHLEY, IL (KTVI) - A Collinsville woman believes it was divine intervention that helped save her husband’s life. The couple rode motorcycles through southern Illinois Sunday. They decided to stop in the small town of Ashley.

There was no rhyme or reason why they chose to stop at a bar called Chops, but the decision turned out to be a lifesaver.

Heather Haltenhoff was tending bar. She’s also a nursing student at Kaskaskia College. Haltenhoff says the customer collapsed in front of her eyes. She turned to her CPR training and began compressions.

“There was no pulse,” said Haltenhoff.

She says a faint pulse returned. First responders were on the way. CPR compressions, oxygen, and two rounds of shocks from a defibrillator, helped bring the man back to life, according to the Ashley Fire Department.

“You can go your whole nursing career and never have to perform CPR on somebody,” said Haltenhoff.

The customer’s wife believes Haltenhoff definitely saved her husband’s life. Haltenhoff credits her training and the work of first responders.

“It’s not about me,” said Hlatenhoff. “He is making a great recovery, and to me that’s what’s important.”?

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