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NES Crew Saves Man With Defibrillator

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By Adam Ghassemi

MADISON, Tenn. – The intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Rio Vista Drive has a way of bringing back memories.

"We had just got over the bridge. We had been to get some gas," said Peggy Poss who was stopped at the light in late May, with her husband Ben behind the wheel. "I looked around at him and he was like this leaning over. I was scared. I knew something was wrong."

Ben was having sudden cardiac arrest.

"I don't remember even stopping at the red light," he said.

Luckily for Poss of all the places to have a heart attack that was probably the best, but it has nothing to do with the intersection, but the people in the cars around him.

NES employees Alan Nelson and Kurt Hellmann were in a truck right next to them that was also carrying an automated external defibrillator (AED). Nelson pulled Poss from the car and administered CPR before Hellmann used the AED to shock Poss back to life, according to spokesman Tim Hill.

"They had him on the ground working with him you know. I was just tore all to pieces," Peggy Poss said.

The company decided to put defibrillators on 150 of their trucks last spring.

"Mainly we did it for safety concerns for our employees because we are working around high voltage," said Hill.

They also knew the devices could help the public.

"It makes me feel mighty grateful," said Ben Poss. "From what I've been told I wouldn't be here today if it hadn't been for them."

For Poss, it means a lot more than a second chance. It also means the company he worked at for nearly 35 years came to his rescue.

"It was just ironic that we ended up using it to save the life of a former NES employee," Hill said.

It's why, for them, the intersection will never be the same.

"Every time I think about where he was laying, right there in the grass," Peggy Poss said.

Poss said one day he hopes to meet with the NES crew as well as a Vanderbilt heart specialist who just happened to be there.


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