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Ashley Firefighter Receives Heart Association Award For Saving Woman’s Life

By Leah Williams

The Ashley Fire Protection District honored one of its longtime members for an act of bravery earlier this year.

Terry Schettler was given a Heartsaver Hero Award from the American Heart Association in recognition of advancing the mission of the organization and emergency cardiovascular care “in a courageous effort to save a life.”

“He walked in and one of the ladies who worked there was in cardiac arrest,” Chief Jack Boczek said. “Terry being a first responder did what he needed to do.”

Schettler, who has been with the AFPD for more than 15 years, went into Tractor Supply in Carlyle after work one evening this past spring when he heard a commotion and found the employee unresponsive.

“I just happen to be right there so I went into action,” he said.

Schettler performed CPR, and Boczek said the woman survived the medical episode.

Schettler said he did not have any concerns about the coronavirus at the time of emergency; he was only concerned in doing the right thing for the woman.

“I don’t do it for any recognition,” he said. “I did it to help her. I didn’t care about the COVID or anything. Had some people comment oh  you shouldn’t have done that without a mask, I didn’t care. It’s about saving someone’s life. Just happen to be fortunate that it worked out.”

Updated 9-24-20 To Correct Headline

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