Bristol II: Honorary crew member - Debi Coffman

A Co-Worker Springs into Action to Save a Fellow Employees Life Mooresville, NC (August 18, 2009) - When Debi Coffman went into work at American General Insurance on September 28, 2007 she never realized that the life of a fellow co-worker would...

A Co-Worker Springs into Action to Save a Fellow Employees Life

Mooresville, NC (August 18, 2009) - When Debi Coffman went into work at American General Insurance on September 28, 2007 she never realized that the life of a fellow co-worker would rest in her hands. Claude Marlowe suddenly dropped to the ground that morning and Coffman realized this was more than just a diabetic episode. Marlowe had no pulse.

Claude Marlowe reached out to shake a colleague's hand and that's the last thing he remembers. He had a heart attack at that exact moment, and now only knows what people who were there tell him.

"When I did that, I fell out of the chair," Marlowe says, "when I hit the ground, I was dead." Everyone in the office rushed to Marlowe's side. Knowing he was a diabetic, they were looking for ways to get his blood sugar up, thinking he had just passed out. But cashier Debi Coffman looked at Claude and knew it was much more serious. "I knew that he was dead," says Coffman, "I knew he was."

Coffman and another co-worker, Larry Garrett, began performing CPR on Marlowe. "He couldn't get any pulse," says Coffman, "and he hit him in the chest and started compressions." Coffman and Garrett are not sure how long they worked on Marlowe before they revived him. "We did that until he got a pulse." says Coffman, "and I sat back and stopped for a second."

Her rest would not last long, though. Marlowe's pulse faded, and then stopped again. Coffman would revive him three times before emergency crews arrived on the scene. "I told him, I will not let you go," she said.

Marlowe says he had five heart attacks that day, and was brain dead for at least two hours. He knows what the result would have been if his co-workers had not known what to do. "The outcome would have been I'd be dead," says Marlowe, "it's very simple."

Debi Coffman will be honored as this week's "Incredible Hero" at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Coffman says she isn't a hero, but she is proud she knew what to do. Proud and glad that she doesn't have to think about what would have happened if she hadn't put her training to use.

The "Incredible Heroes" are extended an invite to attend the NASCAR Nationwide Series race as guests of CJM Racing and the America's Incredible Pizza Company. Each hero receives a plaque in recognition of their heroism and they spend a VIP day at the race track.

The Incredible Heroes campaign will run throughout the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. If you know of an "Incredible Hero" and would like to nominate him or her please email: heroes@incrediblepizza.com for consideration or check out www.incrediblepizza.com/contests/incredibleheroes.

-credit: cjmr

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