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Panera Manager Uses CPR to Save Coworker's Life

I’m so glad he knew CPR…everybody should take a test and learn CPR

Panera Bread Production Manager Larry Meier knew something serious was wrong as soon as he saw his coworker, Dale, collapse on the floor of the company’s Commerce City Fresh Bread facility. Larry immediately went to Dale’s side while instructing another coworker to call 911. Then, having received training in CPR, Larry began chest compressions and continued administering CPR until paramedics arrived about four minutes later.

His actions kept vital blood pumping to Dale’s brain and ultimately saved Dale’s life.

The American Red Cross presented Larry with a Red Cross Lifesaver Award today in honor of his outstanding actions that fateful day last month.

Red Cross Mile High Region CEO Gino Greco presented the award to Larryoutside the Panera Fresh Bread Facility at a surprise ceremony attended by Larry’s friends, family and coworkers – including Dale.

“He saved Dale’s life. I could have been planning a funeral instead of going to the hospital to see him if it hadn’t been for Larry. Thank God for Larry,” said Dale’s wife, Janet.

“I’m so glad he knew CPR…everybody should take a test and learn CPR,” Dale said.

Larry first learned CPR in the 1970s and more recently received refresher training from an employer.

“Dale’s my friend and I’ve had the training. I knew something had to be done, and with the training it was instant – I just started it and did it,” Larry said. He added, “It comes back real fast. You’re nervous while you’re doing it, but it comes back.”

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