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Two Brothers, One Life-Saving Skill

December 20, 2013, 6:18 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Two Brothers, One Life-Saving Skill
Bob and Greg Devitt


After years of learning CPR, two KELOLAND brothers are very thankful for the life-saving skill.

In fact, Greg Devitt just had a refresher course on CPR days before he needed to use it on one of his loved ones.

Just 18 months apart, brothers Bob and Greg Devitt have shared many memories over the years.

"We've done a lot of stuff together," Bob said.

"We grew up working together on the farm doing chores and everything," Greg said.

While some moments on the farm aren't as memorable as others, this October something happened that neither one will ever forget.

"It was a nice day. We were just chatting. We talked about going hunting," Greg said.

But after running around 100 yards with the horses, Bob felt winded.

"He had bright red blood out of his nose, and I said, 'What's a matter?' He said, 'I can't catch my breath,'" Greg said.

Greg quickly shut the gate behind the horses.

"Then I looked back, and he had slumped over on his face. I thought, 'Oh my God,'" Greg said.

Greg started performing CPR. It's a skill he's practiced many times on dummies, but this time he knew he had to do it to possibly save his brother's life.

"It's my brother. He scared the devil out of me," Greg said.

While time seemed to slow down, Greg says he only had one thought on his mind.

"Just don't let him die," Greg said.

After a few minutes of CPR, Bob woke up.

"When I woke up, my brother was hitting me in the chest," Bob said.

"When he coughed and said, 'Quit hitting me’, I thought, 'That's the best news I've heard in a long time,'" Greg said.

Now two months later Bob is feeling a lot better. Doctors replaced his aortic heart valve because calcium deposits caused narrowing at the opening of the valve.

"I'm glad he's upright and cranky now," Greg said.

"He took his one chance to hit me. That's the last chance he's going to get," Bob said.

All jokes aside, these brothers are forever thankful they learned the life-saving skill of CPR.

"I'm a firm believer in CPR," Bob said.

"He's here to have another Christmas with his children and grandchildren and to be in our lives. I'm really happy about that," Greg said.

If you are not trained in CPR or need a refresher course, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue offers free classes:

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