Hometown Hero: Winfield High Group

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- When Matt Bird got a call May 13, saying his dad Charlie suffered a heart attack, he said he thought he’d never see his dad again.

“At that point, I truly honestly thought that that might be the end,” Matt said.

But his dad lived for several days after the incident.

“We had a whole team working on him and we tried to revive him, and it was difficult,” said Winfield High School Assistant Principal David Harper.

Charlie, who worked for US Foods, collapsed outside Winfield High. It was the same delivery he had made for decades.

“I was trying to scream at him a few times to get him to become responsive,” said David Bailey, a coach and teacher at the school.

“It was life or death,” Harper said.

Harper said he, Bailey, Will Issacs, Bruce McGrew and Jana Hodges performed CPR and other life-saving measures for at least 15 minutes until paramedics arrived.

Doctors told Matt without the group’s efforts, Charlie would have died soon after the heart attack.

“I got to say goodbye, and that's because of those guys in there,” Matt said. “Nobody wants to say that I'm a hero, but I’m saying it. Those guys are heroes.”

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