PARIS – (AP) – The French government presented a medal on Monday to a volunteer firefighter math teacher who used CPR to save the life of a jogger in a Parisian park, a move that drew national attention to the importance of first aid training.
The jogger’s wife, Paris-based Associated Press reporter Lori Hinnant, helped identify the anonymous rescuer by placing thank-you signs in Parc Monceau, where her husband Peter Sigal went into cardiac arrest on April 28 .
Several passers-by intervened when he collapsed. Marion Dehecq, a 24-year-old math teacher who works as a volunteer firefighter a few days a month, practiced CPR until paramedics arrived. Others helped by counting compressions and applying a public defibrillator installed in the park.
“You saved my husband’s life,” Hinnant wrote on the signs in the Mysterious Aid. “Thank you, from all of our family.”
Once Dehecq was identified, French Prime Minister Jean Castex tweeted his thanks to “our everyday hero” and wished good luck to the recovering Sigal and his family.
On Monday, French Minister of Citizenship Marlène Schiappa presented Dehecq with a bronze medal for her courage and dedication at a ceremony at the Paris fire station.