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Forest Grove family searching for passersby who gave man CPR

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Heinz Arndt in the hospital, courtesy of his family. Heinz Arndt in the hospital, courtesy of his family.
Heinz Arndt, courtesy of his family. Heinz Arndt, courtesy of his family.
FOREST GROVE, OR (KPTV) -

A Forest Grove family is hoping to find – and thank – the two men who stopped to give CPR and rescue breaths to a man in cardiac arrest Monday, because they likely saved his life.

Heinz Arndt, 79, had been running a quick errand at the U.S. Bank in Forest Grove Monday afternoon, but before he could make it inside, he collapsed.

His own son-in-law, Forest Grove Police Detective Matt Smith, was on the clock when it happened and heard the call.

“I remember vaguely hearing the call for service come out at work and I didn’t realize it was my father-in-law until about an hour later,” Smith told Fox 12.  “It hit me like a ton of bricks.”

He didn’t know at the time he had two good Samaritans to thank for saving his father-in-law’s life.

Witnesses from the bank later told Smith and his wife, Heidi, that two men who happened to be walking down Main Street saw Arndt collapse, and rushed in to give him CPR and rescue breaths, keeping him alive until medics arrived.

“My father-in-law doesn’t remember any of it and the worst part is we don’t know the names of the two people who came to his aid,” Smith said.

Arndt was rushed to OHSU where he remained Thursday in heart surgery.  Smith said he may need a pacemaker, but he’s doing remarkably well and is expected to make a full recovery.

“People who suffer this kind of cardiac event survive 5% of the time,” he added.  “They saved his life.”

Now, they’d like to meet those two strangers to say thank you, and re-introduce them to the man they saved: a husband, father of two and grandfather of three.

If you can help, contact Forest Grove Police at 503-992-3260.

“While all of this is going on [in the hospital], the number one thing that’s on our minds is, ‘Who are these two people who came over and saved his life?’ And like true heroes, they do this and they leave, they don’t contact anyone or leave with their names with anyone,” Smith said.  “From the bottom of our hearts, we’re just grateful for everyone who saved our Poppa.”

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