CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — On Monday, the good Samaritans who helped save a man’s life on the Monon Trail were recognized.
Alta Skelton and Jurga Tritenko and received an award from the Carmel City Council at its meeting.
The reunion was emotional Monday night for the man who was saved and his rescuers.
They all got a standing ovation at the council meeting.
Geoffrey Robinson was finally able to thank the two women in person for saving his life on July 4 when he was running a 5K and his heart stopped.
“I can’t thank them enough, they deserve everything because they could have just walked by, they could have just been unresponsive but they ran to get me help and I wouldn’t be here today without them,” he said.
On July 4, the group gave CPR to a runner who had collapsed.
Skelton started chest compressions that Saturday, then Tritenko found them on the trail.
Skelton says she is a nurse practitioner. Tritenko works in a cardiac hospital.
The two women and an unidentified man took turns with CPR until the fire department arrived and the man began to breathe.
The fire department credits those three good Samaritans for saving the man’s life. But Tritenko says the first responders and those at the hospital deserve the credit.
Authorities say they never found a third person who helped. They are still looking for them.