Grateful Patient Reconnects With First Responders


DANVILLE, MONTOUR COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – Cardiac survival rates are around six percent for those occurring outside of a hospital, according to ‘Science Daily’.

One Columbia County man is part of that low to see another day.

“I’ve been on several helicopter rides when I was in the service and I enjoyed every one of them but I’m just sorry I didn’t get a chance to enjoy this one but this one was the most important,” said Heart Attack Survivor, Robert Visnosky.

It’s not too often this group of first responders get to come together.

But when it came down to saving Robert Visbosky’s life..they were all there to the rescue.

“I was actually in the middle of a traffic stop and we got dispatched for an elderly man that went down and the wife had started CPR,” said Patrolman with the Locust Township Police Department, Devan Defrain.

“Our role is just a small part of everything that happened that day we just came to assist the team first responders who were already on scene. The biggest people who played the biggest role were the officers who first responded, got the AED on him,” said Flight Nursde with Geisinger, Tyffany Cavanaugh.

Robert suffered from the massive heart attack this past March.

He had to get two stints put in, along with dealing with nine broken ribs and a broken sternum.

He says he doesn’t remember a thing.

“He said they’re wishing you well dad that was the first thing I remembered,” said Visnosky.

Which is why he asked everyone to come together this afternoon, so he could give them a formal thank you.

“It’s pretty awesome it’s nothing I have personally experienced before so to be able to meet him and see he’s up and doing well it’s a pretty good feeling,” said DeFrain.

“This is amazing like I love meeting patients afterwards it’s just great to hear their story get the whole picture involved hust how he’s doing now it’s great,” said Cavanaugh.

His family also shared with Eyewitness News their gratitude.

“I feel like it’s great we can say thank you. Because I’m sure they don’t always get a happy ending story so I think this is important for them too,” said Robert’s Daughter, Angela Kurtz.

“It just amazed me how they all worked together and everything just seemed to flow,” said Robert’s Wife, Nancy Visnosky.

Although the day of Roberts heart attack is one he doesn’t is a day he’ll never forget.

“Because they gave me my life back,” said Visnosky.

Robert received care at Geisinger Medical Center following his heart attack and continues on his path to recovery.

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