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Minoa man performs CPR, helps to save a life

Thomas Wink, of Minoa, is retired from New Process Gear. He took a CPR class through work more than 15 years ago and never had to use it until last month.

Thomas Wink, of Minoa, is retired from New Process Gear. He took a CPR class through work more than 15 years ago and never had to use it until last month. Allie Wenner

— “By doing CPR, Tom saved him from doing any further damage to his heart,” Sharon said. “He had no muscle damage – no damage at all. If Tom hadn’t been there, who knows what could have happened?”

“The next day, I said, ‘Thank god for the bee!’ If it wasn’t for the bee, he probably would have dropped one day,” Wink said. “His artery could have gotten blocked and it could have killed him. And what if he had been out back by himself?”

Wink, who is retired from New Process Gear, said he took a CPR course through work more than 15 years ago – and he thinks that everyone should take the time to educate themselves about how to administer CPR.

“You never know when you’ll have to use it,” he said. “It could be one of your children that needs it someday. It doesn’t hurt to take it and if you never use it, good.”

Sharon said that Larry returned home from the hospital six days later after undergoing a bypass surgery and is doing “much better.”

“I couldn’t thank [Tom] enough! You have a hero in your community and I wanted everyone to know how much I appreciated that he was there. Tom has always been so helpful to us and very nice,” she said.

Meanwhile, Tom is now back in Minoa and has scheduled a stress test to ensure that his heart is in good shape.

“I was thinking, I’m about the same age and Larry, and earlier that weekend I had talked to him several times at my granddaughter’s birthday party. He seemed fine! So I want to make sure that I don’t have anything wrong with my heart. I feel good, but so did he,” Wink said.

CNY CPR offers a variety of CPR classes each month. For more information about the classes and how to sign up, visit cnycpr.com.

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