Man's children perform life-saving CPR after he goes into cardiac arrest

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 8:17 AM

KINGSTON, Wash. – Monday night North Kitsap Fire and Rescue honored the siblings who performed CPR, and helped save their father's life after he went into cardiac arrest in late April.

It happened on a Sunday afternoon. Mark Potter, 53, had been mowing the lawn. His 14-year-old daughter, Kyleigh, came around a corner to find her father unconscious and not breathing in a chair in the yard. Kyleigh screamed for help, prompting several 911 calls. Mark’s wife, Suzie, and a family friend lowered him to the ground while his 20-year-old stepson, Zach, joined Kyleigh by his side.

Together Zach and Kyleigh performed life-saving CPR until paramedics arrived. Mark walked out of the hospital ten days later, and is doing great today.

"I am sure without a doubt they saved my life," said Mark.

Two weeks prior to the incident, Kyleigh had been practicing chest compressions in her ninth grade class at Kingston High School. Firefighters from North Kitsap Fire and Rescue along with Poulsbo Fire have been teaching CPR to every ninth grader at North Kitsap School District high schools for the last twenty years, according to Public Information Officer Michele Laboda. Zach had received the training there in the past too.

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