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Golfers perform CPR, save man at Odana

Published On: Aug 30 2013 07:06:07 PM CDT

A group of quick-thinking golfers on Madison's west side saved one of their own earlier this week.

The group was golfing over the noon hour Tuesday at Odana Hills golf course when they spotted a downed golfer through the trees. They ran over to render aid, and  a 911 operator talked them through giving the 63-year-old male compression-only CPR.

"Like 30 years ago I had CPR training, but evidently, everything has changed since then," said Ken Hovind, who performed compressions. "Now there's no breath, and it's all compressions, which I did not know."

Friend Greg Poulster was on the phone with the 911 operator and repeated Hovind's cadence, allowing the 911 operator to tell him to compress faster on the man's chest, who began breathing.

The tense five minutes before an ambulance arrived taught the group a lesson that the Madison Fire Department has been trying to drive home.

"People die and we need to be ready to help and give them a survivable chance," said paramedic Dave Shechter. "A little training can go a long way."

"I think a person has to go back and get trained," said Hovind. "So much stuff has changed over the last few years with the procedure, I think it's imperative that you get trained properly in CPR. You never know when it could be you and your time."

The golfer they saved was said to be up and talking to paramedics on his way to the hospital. He is in good condition.

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