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Published July 06, 2009, 08:33 AM

Small town first responders save the life of a 92-year old Vining man

Vining, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A story tonight about a rescue, a farmer's will to live, and a small town celebrating the success of a first responder team.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Vining, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A story tonight about a rescue, a farmer's will to live, and a small town celebrating the success of a first responder team. As WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand tells us from Otter Tail County, a grateful man today got to thank the man who saved his life.

“I was getting ready to go to church.”

92-year old Robert Herbranson is known as one of those quiet, well respected, Norwegian farmers. Today, he prepared to leave Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls, brought here after he was brought back to life.

“I feel lucky very lucky I can’t describe how lucky I feel.”

Today, Jeff Froslee, a volunteer first responder with the Vining Fire Department checked on Robert. Three weeks after Froslee, a neighbor and his squad were called to Robert’s home, a heart attack.

“We talked through it in our heads what do we do first what next.”

When first responders arrived they found the situation grave. Robert was unresponsive not breathing. No pulse and the first defibrillator shock did not take.

“Way down on the floor, why sure I didn't know what was going on.”

The effort paid off, a second shock got Robert breathing, a pulse.

“It is wonderful what they can do isn't it.”

“It is the first time I had done CPR on a human being.”

Even at 92, Robert can be found helping his two boys who milk 500-cows near Vining. He's often in the field. He'll take a break for awhile, but he will be grateful to the men and women who dropped everything that day to save him, when life had suddenly stopped.

“It is fantastic. I have known Robert for many years, friend of the family and it is amazing to see him walk out of this hospital. I can't explain it.”

At 92, he’s got plenty to smile about. 65-people live in Vining and the first responder team there, like most, relies on all volunteer squads and private donations.

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