Mid Georgia Ambulance President Ben Hinson says a 911 dispatcher used "extraordinary measures" to save a life.
He says Nita Bryan's quick actions and training touched the life of a 62-year-old man.
Nita Bryan says she was just doing her job. "We do it because that's what we love to do. I couldn't imagine doing anything else." says Bryan.
Art Fastow was playing golf when his friend went down.
"He was purple and he wasn't breathing." says Fastow.
John Stevens was suffering a heart attack. Fastow says he dialed 911 and Bryan answered.
Bryan says over the past two years that she's worked at the dispatch center she's received a lot of calls but she says this one stuck out. "I walked him through the CPR instructions until the ambulance arrived." says Bryan.
While she gave a step-by-step, Fastow relayed the message to Mike Giusto.
"I couldn't have done it on my own. I couldn't be on the phone and perform CPR." says Guisto.
Bryan says everyone in the dispatch center is nationally trained and accredited in CPR.
"You feel a connection with them because you know that they are hurting, they're scared they don't know what to do that's why we try to calm them down to give them special instructions to help the patient." says Bryan.
At the Mid Georgia Ambulance Save Awards, the three met the voice that bonded them for the first time.
Stevens says he doesn't remember anything for that day but he's glad he wasn't alone. "Thank the lord let it happen when it did and I had friends there to help." says Stevens.
Bryan says it was a group effort, but Fastow says he doesn't know what he would have done without her help. " I would have been lost; I would have panicked."
Bryan says, without CPR, Stevens may not be here today. "It does save lives. It saved mine." says Stevens.
Dispatcher Nita Bryan, Art Fastow and Mike Guisto all received an award for saving John Stevens' life.
If you want to learn CPR, join Mid Georgia Ambulance on February 18th at Joshua's Cup Coffee from 10-11:30 am.