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Paramedic Crissman visits city council two weeks after suffering cardiac arrest (Audio included)

Dave CrissmanParamedic/firefighter Dave Crissman, 55, was a surprise visitor at Bellefontaine City Council Tuesday night.

Early Tuesday morning on September 26th, Crissman went into cardiac arrest. Local paramedics revived him and were able to transport him to a Columbus hospital. He spent a week there before being released. He will have to wait three months before returning to work.

Crissman explains his recovery from cardiac arrest.

The machine that saved his life is called an auto pulse. The machine does a better job of performing chest compressions. Humans provide compressions in a pumping motion. The auto pulse squeezes the ribs. Besides Crissman, two other local lives have been saved in the three months the department has had the machine.

Presently, the city has only one. Fire Chief Andy Fissel addressed council asking for a machine in each of the city's three ambulances. The machines cost $14,000. Fissel added that plans for equipping the other two are in the works.

Fissel describes auto pulse.

Marcia CrissmanCrissman's wife, Marcia, addressed council thanking the paramedics for saving her husband's life. She also asked council to consider increasing fire department staffing.

Council passed on first reading only an ordinance designating $30,000 to the Holland Theatre Renovation. The committee asked council for $50,000. Mayor Ben Stahler explained that when a group asks for a donation in mid-year, the city has to balance their desire to help a worthy cause with meeting city needs.

Stahler discusses the theater donation.

Council waived the three reading rule and adopted an ordinance that will allow the fire department to purchase $30,000 worth of gloves and hoods. Half of the cost will be covered by a Bureau of Workman's Compensation grant. The city will cover the other half. The three reading rule was waived in order to use the grant money before the expiration date.

Sidewalks, Curbs, & Parks Committee Chair Mick Lile told council that the lack of sidewalks on Lake Ave. from Michigan to Ludlow is a safety concern for students walking to the elementary and middle school. Lile suggested crosswalks leading the students to the walking track circling Blue Jacket Park. Lile indicated that the committee will meet Thursday morning at 11:30 at the high school parking lot to discuss the issue.

Lile discusses prayer day and Lake Ave. sidewalk issue.

Lile also told council about a city-wide prayer day on Sunday, October 22nd. Several areas churches will be represented.

Council will next meet on Tuesday, October 24th at 7:30 P.M.

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