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Somerset heart attack patient holds pizza party for team that helped save his life

The Hale family with the team that helped save Dave Hale’s life (from left): Jessica Hartmann (Somerset Fire), Paramedic Megan Rondeau (Lakeview EMS), Chief Travis Belisle (Somerset Fire), Ray Egan (St. Croix County Dispatch), Kara Hale (patient’s wife), Dave Hale (patient), Nick Rieken (Somerset Fire), Roy Hale (patient’s son), Brian Duggan (Somerset Fire) and Jason Crotty (Somerset Fire). Submitted photo1 / 2
Lakeview EMS Paramedic Megan Rondeau shows the Hale family an ambulance like the one used to transport Dave Hale the night of his cardiac arrest. Submitted photo2 / 2

On March 19, less than a month after collapsing in front of his wife with a heart attack, Dave Hale, 52, sat talking and laughing with some of the first responders who helped save his life. Dave and Kara Hale, and their 17-year-old son, Roy, brought pizzas and goodies to the Somerset Fire Station to thank the first response team. Kara had called 911 and performed CPR on Dave until Somerset Fire Department and Lakeview Emergency Medical Service (EMS) arrived.

The Hale family paid tribute to the teamwork that saved Dave's life — from the 911 call dispatcher and the first responders, to the Lakeview EMS paramedics and ambulance ride to Regions Hospital, where Dave had two stents placed to restore blood flow after a 100 percent blockage. He returned to the family's Somerset home within three days.