Teen uses CPR skills to save Milton woman

From: The Courier-Herald

Safeway Produce Clerk Austin Bergstrom knew something was wrong with regular customer Penny Maier.

“She wasn’t acting right, so I kept an eye on her,” he said.

When he saw her collapse, he realized he was the only employee in the area. Fortunately, he knew what to do. As a Boy Scout, Bergstrom, 17, had been trained in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He ran to the Customer Service desk and told them to call 911. Returning to Maier, he began CPR.

On March 19, Maier had a chance to formally thank Bergstrom for saving her life that day. At a packed meeting of the East Pierce Fire and Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners, Maier hugged Bergstrom and called him “my angel.”

“God wanted him there for me," she said.

"It still gives me the chills to think of it,” she told the commissioners and an audience that included Bergstrom’s family, most of his Boy Scout troop and the emergency responders who were first to arrive on scene that day.

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