How Pizza Can Save You from Cardiac Arrest

How Pizza Can Save You from Cardiac Arrest

anson lemmer doing interview with 9News.com crew

UNCLE PIZZA IN GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLORADO¬†has loads of great comments from their Yelp and Facebook following, garnering a combined 4 out of 5 stars from over 70 reviews and 500 fans, all with a local population of just 10,000. When I began to peruse their menu (during lunch hour no less), my stomach rumbled at the notion of pizza, calzones, sandwiches, wings and other epic deliciousness. Though last week a patron who called in a delivery received one of those “locals only specials” that isn’t advertised on the menu, life saving CPR.

Upon arriving at his last delivery destination of the day, Anson Lemmer found an unconscious customer in their front yard, with frantic friends already on the phone with emergency services. Anson instinctively jumped into performing CPR and in a short moment (which surely seemed like hours), the man’s heart was pumping again.

When I pulled up there, I knew something was wrong, and I had to act. They asked me right away if I knew CPR, Lemmer said. I jumped in right away to do those chest compressions.

Emergency personnel were on the scene within minutes and took over for Anson, reviving the man to full consciousness, to the point where he was able to walk. Sans a few cracked ribs it sounds like he was relatively okay.

They all shook my hand and tipped me pretty well, and I got to take home a pizza so that was all right,” said Lemmer.

Anson had only been on the job about a month when this happened, and he got the delivery gig to save money to attend University of Colorado in Denver this fall. It appears prior to internet stardom (he’s first page worthy at Reddit today), Anson set up a crowd sourcing Fundly project to help pay for that ever rising college tuition. Maybe the internet will show some love and help this good samaritan fulfill his dream of graduation from UC Denver? We’ve got $50 on it, how about you? (though there is now a new GoFundMe campaign he set up yesterday)

UPDATED! Last night we received this reply from Anson….

“Thank you so much for your contribution and support! I decided to become cpr certified when I was 11 or 12 and actively babysitting for my parents and other families in New Ulm, Minnesota. I thought it would be a valuable (and possibly necessary) skill to learn, and it ended up being very valuable indeed! Right now I am going into my sophomore year at CU, majoring in anthropology. I have a deep passion for the human sciences and the arts, and in my free time I find the most enjoyment in storytelling. I do a lot of creative writing, and I actually have a couple serious projects that I am working on right now. I have a gofundme campaign that is much more recent, and I have been sharing that url with all the interviewers. I think this story could really help me in solving my financial difficulties in getting a quality education. Money has always been a hardship for me, as a 19 year old student fighting alone to procure these funds. I really do appreciate your advice and your generous financial contribution. Thank you so much!

Sources: News Channel 9 Full Story & Video / Post Independent Story.

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

Contact Mackenzie at mackenzie.thompson@nhcps.com.
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