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[caption id="attachment_5355" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="Sgt. 1st Class Daren Bowen, 2/75th Recruiting Battalion (photo courtesy of U.S. Army)"]
Bowling Green, Ky., --
Last December Daren Bowen, a Sergeant in the Kentucky National Guard, was shopping with his wife at the Walmart on Veterans Memorial in Bowling Green. Daren went back to get the sour cream they had forgotten just as Sue Burba, the Produce Associate, was returning from lunch. The two strangers noticed a man in distress and they jumped in to help.
"It just sort of tag-team automatically happened. We rolled him over and the gentleman was not breathing. He was gray, really turning blue, we both searched for pulses on the neck, on the wrist, anywhere that you could find one and we couldn't find a pulse," recalls Daren.
The man had come to Walmart to buy a loaf of bread when he was stricken with a seizure. He had fallen to the ground and injured his head, and was no longer moving or breathing. Daren and Sue performed C.P.R. until medics arrived.
Afterward, they all went their separate ways, never learning who the others were until weeks later. The injured man came to the store after his hospital stay to thank Sue for what she had done: "He gave me a big hug and we talked for a long time and he was just such a sweetheart and I was very happy just to see that he was OK."
The man comes in frequently to say hello to Sue. Fred Mansfield, the Cost Assistant Manager at the store, says this shows what kind of people are in the world: "A situation like this and the way these folks responded and the outcome makes you feel that there really are good people in the world today...that they still exist."
For their quick actions that saved the life of a stranger in need, we honor Daren Bowen and Sue Burba as Hometown Heroes.
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