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LETTER Valiant effort
2018-07-25

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To whom it may concern:

On the evening of May 25, 2018, my dear friend Karl Szwet and I had just finished the Critical Mass bicycle ride and had stopped at the Whole Foods next to Center on Halsted for a snack to eat in the lobby of the center.

After finishing our food and getting ready to leave, Karl suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Jamie Murphy, who was behind the counter, responded quickly by calling 911 and helping me place Karl on the floor. She was diligent enough to ask if he had any food blockage and administered CPR until the emergency crew arrived, which was only a few minutes.

It took the emergency crew a half-hour to stabilize Karl enough to transport him to the hospital. The doctors were very pleased to find out that Karl was attended to so quickly.

I am very heartbroken to say that Karl passed away June 3. He never regained consciousness.

Even so, I am so very grateful to Jamie and the emergency crew for their valiant efforts.

Bill Petrites

Highland, Indiana


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