Pennsylvania National Guard
By By Sgt. Shane Smith
Joint Force Headquarters
September 01, 2016
His quick and decisive actions garnered praise from witnesses and fellow Soldiers.
GREENSBURG, Pa. — Pfc. Fred Vandenheuvel was enjoying dinner with fellow Guard members at a Greensburg restaurant when he witnessed a man collapse. With a background in law enforcement and as a first responder, he leapt into action.
“At first I wasn’t sure what had happened,” recalled Vandenheuvel, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 252nd Engineer Company. “The man wasn’t moving. I thought he may have had a heart attack.”
Pfc. Fred Vandenheuvel, a member of the Pennsylvania Army
National Guard’s 252nd Engineer Company rendered aid to aman who suffered a heart attack while dining in a localrestaurant.(Courtesy Photo) (Photo by Courtesy Photo)
The man was still conscious and complaining of intense chest pain when Vandenheuvel first reached him. Vandenheuvel was asked to call the man’s wife.
“I told his wife where we were, what had happened, and asked if her husband had any prior medical history or heart issues,” he said. “She told me her husband has a history of heart problems.”
Vandenheuvel called 911 and remained on the line with paramedics until they arrived.
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