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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Life-saving heroes


Kasson, MN (KTTC-DT) --

A month and a half ago, a Kasson veterinarian's life was in the hands of some pretty quick-acting individuals. This morning, the Dodge county Sheriff recognized their efforts in keeping him alive.

A Dodge county deputy, 911 dispatcher, and passerby were honored with the citizen's life-saving award. While the happy ending had much to do with their quick thinking, they all recognize something else was in play that day.

"It would have been a whole different outcome had she not been going by."

On Sunday, June 13th around 9:15 in the morning, veterinarian Ross Bailey was on his daily 5 mile jog. He takes the scenic route, not much traffic, just a lot of corn.

"I don't remember passing out at all. I don't remember that one bit."

Bailey had a heart attack. 5 minutes from town on a dusty road in the middle of nowhere, it was by chance that Kim Thomas found doctor Bailey unconscious on the side of the road.

"I was headed to north Rochester that morning and I usually head north out of my drive way to go to north Rochester," exclaims Thomas. "For whatever reason I headed south out of my driveway that day. It's only about a two mile longer trip, but for whatever reason I headed the wrong way that day."

Trained in CPR as a surgical technician, Thomas immediately performed it after calling 911.

"It was more of a just act than stop and make choices."

Soon after, deputy Scott Prins rolled up. Equipped with a defibrillator, he took over for Thomas who was exhausted.

"She did a fantastic job. She kept her calm, she wasn't hysterical. She was doing exactly what she needed to do," says Prins.

For the quick actions of Thomas and Prins, as well as 911 dispatcher Onawa Dostal, the Dodge county Sheriff recognized them the citizens life saving award.

Bailey says there were too many coincidences that day to chalk everything up to luck.

"The fact that she doesn't normally go that way when she goes into Rochester, and the fact that her mother told me this morning, she changed clothes twice before she left, or else she's already been by that morning. So, I feel someone was watching out for me, that she was there at just that right time."

Bailey is already back to jogging his normal 5 to 6 mile daily path. He does have a family history of genetic heart disease. Bailey is scheduled for a triple bypass surgery next Monday.

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