LEE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Sheriff Jay Jones and EMS staff are being honored after a normal day on the job almost turned deadly. On May 10, Jones noticed his administrative assistant, Iris Bridges, unresponsive at her desk. She was having a heart attack.
The sheriff administered CPR and got EMS involved and that quick thinking saved Bridges's life.
Wednesday, medical professionals were recognized for their actions and Jones was presented with the Heartsaver Hero award.
Jones said that he did not want to be recognized for doing the right thing but does want to use this moment to emphasize how important it is to know CPR.
"I didn't think I just did, and that was what, to me, was the most important part. the training that I'd had prior to that day was the first thing that came into effect and it made such a difference," he said. "That's why it's so important for people to know what to do in an emergency and learning CPR."
The American Red Cross does offer CPR training classes. More information on how you can sign up can be found here.
Bridges says that she thankful that she has the opportunity to continue working with the sheriff.
"Its just amazing to see all of the people that actually assisted in getting me here today, and the main person is again, Sheriff Jay Jones, because it was his actions in the beginning that started that process," Bridges said. "So I'm very grateful to Jay and the others, the first-responders, everyone in the hospital, just everyone," she went on.