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Successful CPR makes a believer of heart attack victim

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Keith Durbin hugs Gordon Klippenstein as Sarah Palmquist looks on. Klippenstein, Palmquist, and Lafond Davis (not shown) were honored last week for saving Durbin's life.

lifesaving CPR Keith Durbin finally met and personally thanked the individuals responsible for saving his life during the most recent Basset Bash celebration.
   Durbin suffered a myocardial infarction at 8:30 a.m. on Mar. 30. Gordon Klippenstein, from Renton, Sarah Palmquist, visiting from Montana, and Lafond Davis, an off-duty paramedic, immediately came to Durbin's aid by starting both CPR and chest compression. The three of them were credited with keeping Durbin alive until the paramedics arrived and took over.
   "I take my hat off to them, that's for sure," said Battalion Chief Cliff Griffin. "There was no hesitation, and that had an enormous impact for Keith. By starting CPR almost immediately, it prevented a lot of internal damage to his organs and brain damage. They basically saved his life."
   In a short speech, Griffin read the certificates of appreciation Durbin was to hand to the two rescuers, and introduced the parties. Durbin was visibly moved when he accompanied the certificate with a hug for each of them, and thanked them "for saving my life."
   In his note of thanks to the department and its personnel, he said, "I'll be preaching the gospel of CPR for the rest of my life!"
   The Board of Commissioners meets in the District Headquarters Training Room at 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month. For more information, call the district 483-2131.