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Weinbrenner Shoe Co. employees and Merrill firefighters honored for saving man's lifeSubmitted: 03/13/2020
Story By Stephen Goin

Weinbrenner Shoe Co. employees and Merrill firefighters honored for saving man's life
MERRILL - Members of the Merrill community are applauding some fast acting employees at the Weinbrenner Shoe Company.

After one of their coworkers went into cardiac arrest this past Tuesday, a few brave men and women stepped up to save his life.

In a ceremony on the Weinbrenner factory floor Friday, Cory Eisner and several of her teammates were honored for their quick thinking. 

While others performed CPR that fateful day, Eisner said she's the one who operated the AED  - delivering a shock to her coworker's heart. 

"I had asked for one of the members to go and get the AED and he brought it to me and I got it set up and ready to go," said Eisner. "At that moment no, there was no fear no hesitation, I knew I needed to save man's life."

Merrill paramedics were also honored Friday for helping take the injured employee to the hospital.

The Merrill Fire Department was also thanked for providing years of first aid training to employees at the shoe company.

When firefighter/paramedic Bryson Cruise was called to the scene, he said he didn't know someone suffered a cardiac episode. He was surprised to find that Weinbrenner employees has already administered first aid.

"So by taking those first two steps and implementing them early, the employees here drastically improved his chance of positive outcome," said Cruise.

The employee who went into cardiac arrest is expected to come home soon.

Any businesses or organizations looking for first aid training can contact the Merrill Fire Department: (715) 536-2233

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