Board, Heart Attack Survivor Thank Responders

Heart attack survivor and Lower Pottsgrove resident Lisa Ross (at top), and a Goodwill ambulance

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Lower Pottsgrove residents Lisa and John Ross celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary Monday (Oct. 4, 2021) night among both neighbors and former strangers who, by virtue of their heroism, saved her life only 10 months ago.

Board and Heart Attack Survivor Thank Responders
Lower Pottsgrove board President Bruce Foltz, left, and Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Lopez, right, talk with first responders Monday

A large meeting room at Sunnybrook Ballroom was packed with people promptly at 7 p.m. as the township Board of Commissioners began its first meeting of October with a happy ceremony. The board publicly thanked and distributed commendations of appreciation to members of Goodwill Ambulance, the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department, Sanatoga and Ringing Hill fire companies, and the Ross’ neighbors.

All were invaluable, commissioner and township Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Lopez said, in rescuing Lisa Ross from a severe heart attack. They worked together for more than 40 minutes, Lopez reported, to provide cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), intubation, medications, transportation to hospitals, and support and prayers during her Jan. 13 near-death experience.

Miraculously, he added, Ross not only survived but has made a full recovery. That’s “truly remarkable,” Lopez said, given that under such circumstances statistics were stacked against her. And, he added, “that’s a direct result of an extraordinary effort and a dedicated team” of professional first responders and many well-wishers.

Board and Heart Attack Survivor Thank Responders
The assembled multitude of first responders and live-saving neighbors, with survivor Lisa Ross in the background at center

The occasionally tearful Ross addressed her rescuers with gratitude. Sometimes “you do your jobs, and you don’t know what happens after,” she told them. In her case, she added, “I’m here today because of all of you.”

She thanked her husband, who stayed by her side; her neighbor, who administered CPR with the help of a Montgomery County dispatcher talking him through the procedure on the phone; and residents on Deer Ridge and Foxtail drives who “offered support at a very difficult time.” The couple’s “lives were changed,” she said, not only by the heart attack but by caring neighbors.

Commissioner Michael McGroarty, also a resident of the neighborhood, acknowledged its home owners “pull together” when adversity strikes, “like family.”

The event coincided not only with the Ross’ anniversary, but also with the observance of October as National Fire Prevention Month. That’s usually when the board conducts a ceremony to thank all first responders for their assistance, but Lopez said Lisa’s rebound from her experience made this year’s observance extra special.

“We can’t thank them enough,” commissioner and former police officer and chief Earl Swavely Jr. agreed.

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