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Civilians, officer recognized as heroes

• Dec 26, 2017 at 2:00 AM

ELYRIA — This week, the Elyria post of the state Highway Patrol will honor several area individuals for their life-saving efforts.

On July 4, Sgt. Timmothy Hoffman, of the Elyria post, was dispatched to a call of an unresponsive male on Cowley Road, south of Grafton Road, in Grafton Township. Upon arrival to the scene, Hoffman saw Michelle Dostall administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to an unknown man while Paul Signorelli performed chest compressions.

Signorelli and Dostall were driving by when they noticed the man lying in the road and took action to save his life. 

Hoffman immediately grabbed the automatic external defibrillator (AED) from his patrol car and, after the AED was used, took over chest compressions until EMS arrived. 

Further investigation revealed the victim had suffered a heart attack while jogging. He had no ID and was transported to the local hospital as a “John Doe.” He was later identified as Jerry Fowle, of Grafton, after his wife, Beverly, who recognized him as the unknown jogger someone had posted on social media.

After more than two weeks in ICU, Fowle made a full recovery.

The post and University Hospital staff will honor Dostall, Signorelli and Hoffman for their quick actions that saved Fowle’s life at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the University Hospitals’ Elyria campus, inside the gates auditorium, where certificates of recognition will be given from the patrol, recognizing them as heroes. The Fowle family will also be reunited with the first responders and caregivers that played a role in his recovery.

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