CHRISTMAS MIRACLE | Boy Scoutmaster saves heart attack victim at White Marsh Mall


    CHRISTMAS MIRACLE | Boy Scoutmaster saves heart attack victim at White Marsh Mall

    WHITE MARSH, Md. (WBFF) - A Christmas shopper became a Christmas angel when he saved a man's life at White Marsh Mall.

    FOX45's Stephine Woods said a 31-year veteran of Maryland State Police is at home for Christmas dinner tonight, after suffering a heart attack Friday while Christmas shopping with his daughter.

    Tonight, he is thanking a man from Essex, who said he, in turn, is thankful he had the right training to save a life.

    Russell Williams, 65, was released from the hospital Sunday.

    He shopping with his daughter Amanda Friday morning when he suddenly started to feel dizzy and his vision went dark.

    Wes and Denise Thatcher, of Essex, were getting out of the elevator when they heard shouting and saw Williams lying on the ground, his eyes closed.

    Wes Thatcher started chest compressions and gave Williams mouth-to-mouth. After minutes of CPR, and two shocks from a mall defibrillator, Williams opened his eyes.

    Thatcher credits the Boy Scouts for getting him certified in CPR.

    "I think it's important that everyone take the time and try to get CPR training, because you never know, walking around the corner, you never know that you may be the one to help somebody," he told FOX45.

    Williams and Thatcher are the same age, and they'll get a chance to meet when Thatcher's Boy Scout Troop 355 honors the assistant Scoutmaster at a ceremony on Jan. 3.


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