Friday, March 25, 2011

Man Dies While Giving Wife CPR

A Joyce, Wash. man died Wednesday while trying to administer CPR to his dead wife after she collapsed.
A man apparently trying to save his wife with CPR collapsed himself, fell on top of her and died Wednesday night in the couple's home in the tiny town of Joyce on the Olympic Peninsula. Rescuers broke into the home and tried to revive both the man and his wife, but both died. Firefighters responded to a 911 call of a CPR in progress about 9:45 p.m. at a home about one mile east of Joyce, about 60 miles west of Port Angeles, according to Alex Baker, chief of Clallam County Fire District 4. It's assumed the call came from the homeowner. The house was dark and locked, but a television was on in a back room, Baker said. Firefighters tried unsuccessfully to open the door. They went to the back door, which was also locked, and saw the couple on the floor. Rescuers, including police, broke in and tried to revive the couple. Baker said firefighters attempted CPR on the couple for 40 minutes without success. He said the man, 60, was slumped over the woman when firefighters entered the home, indicating the man was trying to perform CPR on his wife, 59. "This was just a tragic event," he said. The couple has not been identified, but Leonard Pierce, owner of the Joyce General Store, said they had just moved to Joyce and built a new home. "It's terrible," he said.
This so sad, but we're sure the man wouldn't have wanted to go any other way.
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