La Crosse, Wisconsin ----- A 51 year old La Crosse man is lucky to be alive after having a heart attack during a music festival last weekend miles off the beaten path.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States. Only 8 percent survive.
It was supposed to be a relaxing weekend for Roger Dahl and partner Mike Schieber. Roger doesn't remember much but Mike does. "We were playing some cards and so he just stood up to leave our table and collapsed to the ground."
A bystander called 911. The band on stage made an announcement for help and about 7 people helped with CPR. Roger said it didn't help that they were about 10 miles from town. "First thing that went through my mind is we're in the middle of the Kickapoo Valley and nothing is close. Roger doesn't remember much but says when he woke up he knew this. "I love my life. I love what I do. I love the people I'm surrounded by."
A Vernon County Sheriff arrived 10 minutes later with an External Defibrillator, AED and that is what kept Roger alive until he got to the hospital.
"I'm very lucky. I can't stress it enough, know your body. Know your genetics."
Throughout the concert the band made announcements as to Roger's condition and then they took up a donation. They raised 12 hundred dollars to purchase an AED for next year's Larryfest.
Vernon County Sheriff John Spears says they recently purchased 20 AED units and placed them in patrol vehicles thanks to a grant and donations from area businesses and residents.
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