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Jacksonville volunteer Coast Guard member gets medal for saving life

9:23 PM, Jul 20, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - A Jacksonville volunteer Coast Guard member received a Commendation Medal Saturday morning for saving a woman's life during a St. Patrick's Day parade in St. Augustine. 

Before the ceremony, David Hensel was reunited with Sherry Hartman, of St. Augustine, for the first time since he performed CPR on her March 9, after she experienced complete heart failure, pneumonia symptoms and blood poisoning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Hensel was with three other Auxiliary members who were preparing to represent the Coast Guard in the parade when he noticed Hartman had collapsed.

According to the USCG, Hensel began performing CPR on her while instructing others to get help. He performed CPR for more than 13 minutes before EMTs arrived. Hartman was taken to a local hospital for treatment, where she remained in a coma for the next six days before recovering.

During the ceremony, Hartman said with teary eyes she could not find the words to express her gratitude for what Hensel did for her, but she would be eternally grateful, according to the USCG.

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