July 17th started out like just a normal day. We went to work taking aerial photos up north of Grand Forks, then returned to Fargo near noon.

I cut the front lawn, processed photos in the afternoon, and the rest of the day was rather uneventful.

My next recollections were hallucinations, bits of seeing familiar faces, and not much else.

I had suffered a major heart attack at 3:30 a.m. on the 18th of July.

Our granddaughter was staying with us and called 911. In less than 90 seconds the police arrived and started CPR. An ambulance and more police arrived then transported me to Essentia.

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I was alive and a whole new journey started.

What this story is about is the outstanding medical care we have here in our community.

I just experienced it firsthand.

I want to mention names, but there are too many — police, dispatch, ambulance, ER, Cardiology, Essentia, Sanford, Vibra, rehab, oxygen therapists, nurses, aides, transport, physicians, food service — all were outstanding.

They are thoroughly professional, courteous and caring. I don’t mean just good, I mean exemplary. The oxygen therapist, who brings hot blankets, and the night nurse whose dream since age 8 was to be a nurse, the transport folks pushing me via wheelchair to the next appointment are only a few. Thank you to all!