Man owes life to Medina officers, assistant principal

Man owes life to power of many

MEDINA, Ohio -- Dr. Stephen Sroka is alive today thanks to the quick actions of two Medina police officers and a high school associate principal.

Sroka was speaking to faculty last month about the heroin epidemic when he had a cardiac arrest. He collapsed on the stage.

Within seconds, officers Al Roland and Mike Wesner, along with assistant principal Andy Brenner, were on the scene.

The officers receive frequent life-saving training with the department, and Brenner had just completed AED training two weeks prior.

The AED was located just outside the room. The officers and Brenner began CPR and utilized the AED, which shocked Sroka's heart back to life.  

Stroka spent sixteen days in Cleveland Clinic's Cardiac Unit and received five stents and an internal defibrillator.

On Wednesday, he returned to the stage where it happened and thanked the men who saved him.

All of them hope their story inspires others to learn CPR and how to use an AED.


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