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Published February 24, 2014, 07:57 PM

Two Devils Lake men honored for saving the life of a friend

Two men in Devils Lake are being hailed as heroes Monday evening for saving the life of a friend after he suffered a heart attack in December.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Two men in Devils Lake are being hailed as heroes Monday evening for saving the life of a friend after he suffered a heart attack in December.

57-year-old Terry Hammond says he wouldn't be here today without the quick thinking and actions Rich Olson and National Guard Major Mark McEvers. The two men were honored Monday at a Devils Lake city commission special meeting.

They came to Terry Hammond's rescue after he collapsed on December 8, shortly after playing a basketball game at Sweetwater Elementary School.

Hammond says his heart had fully stopped. Olson performed CPR while Major McEvers shocked Hammond with a defibrillator, which restarted his heart.

Hammond is now recovering after undergoing a triple heart bypass surgery.

He says he owes everything to the people that jumped to action during the crisis.

Devils Lake mayor Dick Johnson says the incident has convinced local leaders to put electronic defibrillators in all city-owned buildings.

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