Man learns CPR two days before friend suffers heart attack

Two friends were playing tennis when one of them suffered a heart attack. Luckily, one of the men was able to provide the other with life-saving CPR, a skill he had learned just two days prior to his friend’s heart attack.  
Two friends were playing tennis when one of them suffered a heart attack. Luckily, one of the men was able to provide the other with life-saving CPR, a skill he had learned just two days prior to his friend’s heart attack.  
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Many of us get trained in CPR, but a lot of us never has to use that training.
 
That wasn't the case for one Goodyear man.
 
Two friends were playing tennis when one of them suffered a heart attack. 
 
Luckily, one of the men was able to provide the other with life-saving CPR, a skill he had learned just two days prior to his friend’s heart attack.  
 
"It let me know what needed to be done and I needed to start right away and obviously it worked just the way it needed to," said Chuck Kesting.   
 
Kesting and his longtime tennis buddy, Lew Geller, were playing doubles in their Pebblecreek Community in Goodyear when Lew went down. 
 
"We had been playing for an hour and a half and that was the last service and I walked out to finish and that was it," Geller said.  
 
When Chuck saw Lew on his back he knew something wasn't right.
 
He immediately used his training from a CPR class he had taken just two days before. He started chest compressions and a woman used a defibulator. 
 
"I guess she hit me once or twice and then I came to and that's when the EMT's and everyone else was there, and he was still on me," Geller said.   
 
Lew had two stents put in one artery and spent a few days in the hospital.
 
He says he's forever grateful for chuck...who received a Life Saving Award from the Goodyear Fire Department today. 
 
"Without Chuck, I don't know if I would have been here."  
 
And he's happy they can get back to what they love most...tennis.  
 
"I started playing tennis 2 weeks after we got out of the hospital, we played each other yesterday. Who won? I think I did, no Jerry and I beat you on the last game. Ha, Ha, at least his memory is still intact. Ha Ha."    
 
The class Chuck took was put on by a division of the Goodyear Fire Department. The group holds classes when requested. 
 
Chuck says the hour long class is well worth it because you never know when you'll need it. 

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