Co-workers quick action saves a man's life

By Audrey Wise

April 3, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 10:24 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- One man is thanking co-workers for helping rescue him after a medical emergency at work.

"I had just a real slight, what felt to be just a little flutter in my head," said Chuck Bennett..

Last month, something went wrong with Bennett just after starting his day at Country Financial.

"First thing he said to me I couldn't understand it was immediate that his voice was slurred," said co-worker Carla Maicke.

Maicke called out to several others, who sprung to action.

Co-worker Justin Bowling said, "I've never seen that before, but I've heard the symptoms before and some of his symptoms were apparent that that's what was going on at the time, the slurred speech, the fallen face."

Bowling quickly called 911 and Bennett was at OSF St. Joseph hospital within about a half an hour of his initial symptoms. After emergency surgery, doctors said he's lucky to be alive and doing so well.

Bennett said, "because of what they have done they have minimized the impact the stroke has had on me."

A program called 'Don't Drive call 911' stresses the importance of calling 911 and not driving in the case of a heart attack or stroke. Bennett's co-workers say if it happened again, they would do it the same way.

"Just get the ambulance here and get them on their way to the hospital right away and don't try to drive them yourself," said Bowling.