Dick Beaulieu and Dean Burger say the morning of July 2nd started out like any other, with a round of golf at Deer Run Golf Course in Hinton, Iowa.
“We were on the third hole, and Dick made a really nice shot into the green and I was chipping. And I looked up, and Dick was on the ground, laying there.” said Dean Burger of Sioux City.
Beaulieu had suffered a heart attack. Luckily, his two golfing partners were both certified in C-P-R and first aid.
Burger said out of “instinct”, they immediately began performing CPR.
“I couldn’t tell you if it was 5 or 15 minutes when the paramedics came, or when the ambulance came. In my mind I thought if I could just get him in the ambulance, that’s where I wanted to get him. Just keep him going, until I get some professional help, and that was our goal.” said Burger.
And, that’s what they did.
“They said I coded as we got to the end of the lane. They shocked me, got me going again. This is all what I’ve been told. Next thing I remember is waking up in the hospital, seeing her sitting there beside me.” said Dick Beaulieu.
Beaulieu says his cardiologist later told him if it weren’t for the quick actions of his golfing partners, the story would have ended very differently.
“Well they’re my two guardian angels. Really. And I’ve told them that.” said Dick Beaulieu.
Beaulieu and his wife say they wish everyone was CPR certified, because you never know when it could save a life.