Mechanic Saves Woman’s Life

He's usually fixing carburetors and rebuilding engines, but this week he was forced to restart a heart.

It was not a typical Wednesday afternoon for Performance Toyota Service Technician, Jake Janowski.

"She was lying like right here, basically I took over for the first responder,” Janowski said.

In an instant he was forced to perform CPR on a woman who just had a heart attack in the parking lot of the dealership.

Janowski learned the life-saving technique when he was just 15 and a life guard at an Omaha City pool. That training saved a woman’s life.

"When you are going through all the training, you kind of have doubts, every once in a while, you think hopefully I can remember everything, but at that point, when I took over, it was like a light bulb, it just clicked, I was ready to go,” Janowski said.

Janowski was able to keep the woman alive until LaVista police officer Brian Stolley arrived with a portable defibrillator to restart the woman's heart.

"Getting compressions going, gets the blood moving, gets oxygen moving through the body, that's critical the quicker that could happen, the better chance someone has in surviving,” Officer Stolley said.

Stolley credits Janowski for saving the woman's life.

Janowski doesn't feel like a hero. He said, "It was a team effort, it was not just me, it was several people."

Officer Stolley says knowing where the closest defibrillator is and how to use it, can save a life. He says there’s usually just four minutes between getting the call and getting to the scene. Those minutes are critical for the person's survival.

"Trying to get a shock applied as soon as possible after a person goes down, that's most critical to a person's survival. The quicker that can happen, the better chance someone has in surviving,” Stolley said.

As of Thursday night, 53-year-old Rita Powers was in critical, but stable condition at Midlands Hospital in Papillion.


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