Rep. Saunders honors life-saving Hoosier hero at the Statehouse

Rep. Saunders honors life-saving Hoosier hero at the Statehouse

Posted by: Peter Hoffman and Abigail Campbell  | Wednesday, March 29, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 29, 2017) – State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) and the Indiana House of Representatives this week honored a local hero who saved a fellow Hoosier’s life by performing CPR.

On Jan. 6, 2017, Jean Ann Harcourt’s heart suddenly stopped beating while she was having lunch in Milroy. Sam Maggard, who happened to be in the restaurant, performed CPR on Harcourt for more than 30 minutes until emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene. Harcourt was quickly rushed to Rushville Memorial Hospital and later life-lined to St. Vincent Heart Hospital in Indianapolis. Doctors noted the importance of Maggard’s CPR expertise and his administration of it in saving Harcourt’s life.

“Jean Ann Harcourt wouldn’t be with us here today if it weren’t for Sam Maggard’s knowledge of CPR and his quick response,” Saunders said. “It was a pleasure to be able to honor a true hero and it’s my hope that more Hoosiers will become familiar with CPR and its life-saving potential.”

House Resolution 46, which Saunders authored and the House passed unanimously, commended Maggard for his ability to quickly analyze the situation and administer CPR to Harcourt.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 Americans suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest a year and roughly 90 percent of those people die. Administering CPR can double and even triple the chances of a person’s survival if it is performed within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest.

The resolution also urged all Hoosiers to learn the proper way to administer CPR.

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State Rep. Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54, which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties. 

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