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First responders save woman's life at mall


MADISON (WKOW) -- A team of first responders saved a woman's life Thursday after she suffered a heart attack at West Towne Mall.

Madison fire officials say a bystander witnessed the 70-year-old woman go into cardiac arrest and started resuscitation efforts.

Madison police quickly arrived and gave the woman compression-only CPR.

When paramedics arrived they used an Automatic External Defibrillator to get the woman's heart beating again.

She was alert by the time they transported her to the hospital.

Division Chief Ron Schwenn says the rescue was a textbook save that incorporated the teamwork of a civilian who stepped forward to help and keep the patient viable until first responders could arrive.

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