UPDATE: Woman who helped saved good Samaritan speaks

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

(WEAU) - An Eau Claire woman who helped save a man’s life just minutes after he helped fix her car says the incident will stay with her the rest of her life.

Dash cam video shows state troopers giving CPR to a good Samaritan who had just helped Sarah Berg out moments before. Berg, who is a nurse's assistant, says 61-year-old Victor Giesbrecht from Canada, helped her change a blown tire on the side of the road.

Shortly after he and his wife pulled back onto the highway near Menomonie, Berg and her cousin saw Giesbrecht's wife waving for help. Giesbrecht was having a heart attack and Berg and her cousin performed CPR on him until help arrived.

Berg told us Tuesday "If everyone acted more like that, just willing to help someone, whether it's a big deal or a small deed, I think it's all important."

Berg says she can't take sole credit for saving Geisbrecht's life, but she's glad she made a difference.

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin nurse's assistant says a good Samaritan who helped her change a blown tire remarked that "someone up above" must have brought them together. Minutes later she repaid his kindness by helping save his life.

Sara Berg said Tuesday that she replied "thank God for you," to Canadian motorist Victor Giesbrecht's remark on Saturday.

The 61-year-old Giesbrecht went into cardiac arrest shortly after he and his wife pulled back onto the highway near the town of Menomonie.

Berg and her cousin, Lisa Meier, saw Giesbrecht's wife waving for help and pulled over. They then performed CPR on the Winnipeg man until help arrived.

Giesbrecht remained hospitalized Tuesday in serious but stable condition. His wife issued a statement Monday crediting Berg with saving her husband's life.

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(WEAU) - You could call it the ultimate repayment of a good deed.

Victor Giesbrecht, of Winnipeg, Canada, was driving Saturday night on I-94 east of Menomonie when he helped a driver change a tire. The Wisconsin State Patrol says, just moments after driving away, the 61-year-old had a heart attack. His wife helped stop the pickup truck, got out and waved her arms to get help.

Moments later, the driver Giesbrecht had stopped to help came upon his truck and pulled over. The driver and a passenger started CPR.

Troopers say if the Giesbrecht’s hadn't helped with the tire, his initial rescuer may not have been able to help.

State Trooper Kate Sampson, who responded to the scene, said “It's karma I guess, the kind of a miracle they had stopped, that he had recently stopped with them and they had stopped with him.”

At last update, Giesbrecht was hospitalized in serious condition.

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ELK MOUND, Wis. (WEAU) -- A good Samaritan had to be taken to the hospital after rescuers found him pulseless and not breathing on I-94 in Dunn County.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says deputies in Dunn County received a call around 6 p.m. Saturday about a driver possibly having a heart attack on I-94 eastbound just a couples miles from Elk Mound.

A State Patrol trooper and two Dunn County deputies arrived at the scene and performed CPR on the 61-year-old man of Winnipeg, Canada.

The State Patrol says the trooper rechecked the patient and found he had no pulse or respiration.

The trooper and Dunn County deputy took over CPR and a second Dunn County deputy arrived with an Automated External Defibrillator.

Troopers say the deputy delivered three shocks with the AED and the man regained a pulse and breathing.

The man was taken via helicopter which landed on the interstate and took him to the Mayo Clinic Health Systems.

Troopers say prior to the heart attack, the man stopped at the milepost 50 area near Elk Mound to assist another driver with a tire change.

They say when the man left the scene, he told his wife that he needed help and she had to assist in bringing the vehicle to a stop.

That's when the individuals that the man helped stopped and made the 911 call.

Troopers say one of the individuals began CPR until law enforcement arrived.

The name of the man is being withheld at this time.


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