TOPEKA (KSNT) – A resident of Topeka who came to the aid of a neighbor he had never met before is now a Sunflower Hero.
It was just a regular Sunday evening for Harold Bearce and his wife Rosalie. She was in the yard picking up acorns and Harold was mowing the lawn.
Then it happened … Harold collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.
“I looked over and my husband was on the ground…. And I ran over there and called his name twice and no response,” said Rosalie Bearce, Harold’s wife.
Tim Cole and his wife, who live around the corner, were driving by when Tim saw Harold lying on the ground.
“I looked at my wife and said that man just fell,” said Tim Cole, Sunflower Award recipient. “So we stopped in the middle of the street and we tried to revive him… no response what so ever. So I ran back to the car to get my cell phone and called 911.”
AMR arrived on the scene within four minutes.
Prior to AMR’s arrival a dispatcher was able to walk Tim though administering compression only CPR – which helped save Harold’s life.
“The compressions help push the blood better around the body and through the brain,” said Joseph Blecha, AMR Spokesman. “The more you can focus on the compressions the better the outcome will be.”
Harold now has a pacemaker and a defibrillator… and more time to spend with his family.
“I owe my life to Tim,” said Harold Bearce, survivor.
Two neighbors who had never met — but are now lifelong friends.