LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Fire Rescue awards two women for playing a crucial role in saving their neighbors life.
While Stacy Eddy was getting ready to pick up her children, she saw her neighbor, Bob Pierson, mowing the lawn. Eddy ran back into her house to get something and when she came back outside she says she saw Pierson lying in the road. That's when she ran over to find he was unresponsive.
"Well it was very scary, because I do have experience as a nurse, at the hospital but it's completely different when you're out by yourself, no equipment, nothing to help, just you, yourself," Stacy Eddy said.
Eddy, had the help of another neighbor and fellow nurse, Becky Elmendorf. Elmendorf says she just did what she's been taught to do. Everything she could to save a life. Both Elmendorf and Eddy took turns doing CPR.
"I think sometimes its surreal when it's happening in front of you and some people have the tendency to hesitate, they went straight to work doing what they knew was the right thing to do," Chief Tanner said.
"I just knew I couldn't waste any time, so the nurse kicked in, and that's what I did," Eddy explained.
The EMS crew that responded to the scene says early CPR plays a huge role in the outcome of these cases.
"If not, I would have been dead," Pierson said.
Pierson was in the hospital for more than a month. One of the women actually works at the Grand Strand Medical Center and realized how crucial her and her neighbor's actions were.
"I was able to go, and check on his wife, and things and I knew the unit he was on and how critical it was. I pass by his house every day and see him outside and I'm just so thankful that his grandchildren still get to be with him today, and his wife and all of us," Eddy said.
"It's probably one of the most gratifying things I do, is being able to recognize our citizens and good neighbors. In this case, the neighbors saved a life and I think that's why we're all here. Neighbors helping neighbors in their neighborhoods, because we can't always be there immediately but neighbors can," Chief Tanner said.