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Published November 28, 2012, 09:33 PM

Cardiac arrest victim from Holiday Lights Parade thankful for fast responders

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The F-M Ambulance Service is hailing seven people as heroes. They're credited with saving the lives of two people suffering from medical conditions.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The F-M Ambulance Service is hailing seven people as heroes. They're credited with saving the lives of two people suffering from medical conditions.

Amber Bach-Gorman, Ross Balstad, and Ryan Narlock rescued this man, Jeffrey Dahl, after he collapsed at the Schlossman Y last month. They started CPR and applied an AED immediately.

And you may be familiar with the other four. We first brought you their story last week.

Essentia staff Nicole Christensen, Cindy Troftgruben, and Doctor Lara Lunde, and Fargo Police Officer Shawn Gamradt are credited for saving a woman's life, after she passed out at the Holiday Lights Parade.

The unexpected medical condition surprised Roxanne Burnside, who had two clogged arteries.

Roxanne says it's an emotional night. Between her, and the other cardiac arrest victim, the F-M Ambulance Headquarters was packed with people who were all thankful for the quick thinking of those community members.

Roxanne Burnside, Life Saved by Community Members: "I'm going to give em a big hug."

This is Roxanne Burnside's first time meeting the people who gave her a second chance.

The Fargo woman collapsed while she was walking in the Holiday Lights Parade.

Burnside: "Before it happened I got dizzy, all the sudden everything got blurry."

Just feet from her, were two Essentia nurses Cindy Troftgruben and Nicole Christensen, who quickly came to her rescue, followed by Doctor Lara Lunde. Office Shawn Gamradt rushed for an AED.

Burnside: "I couldn't believe it. All these people were hovering over me and I asked, who are these people, and what are you doing to me?"

Burnside says it's hard to express how thankful she is.

Burnside: "I think it's a God-Send. You know, it could've happened anywhere, but I'm so very, very grateful it happened there."

But these women were in the right place, at the right time, and saved her life.

Cindy Troftgruben, Essentia PACU Nurse: "We've been hearing since the incident about this lady and how amazing she is, so tonight we get to see a glimpse of how amazing she really is.”

Nicole Christensen, Essentia House Supervisor: "Amazing to meet her and see our efforts, and how it impacted so many people."

Roxanne had two stints put in, and says she feels fine, despite a little bruising from the intense CPR.

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