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Continued: Coon Rapids now "heart safe” One survivor says thanks

  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 12, 2013 - 4:18 PM

“That’s 20 percent,” Platz said. “ … We are doing something right here.”

Before last week’s City Council meeting. Hoffman and family members — wife Heidi, his children and parents — thanked all of his rescuers. One of them was Platz, who performed hands-only CPR.

“I don’t know how you guys hold it together. It must be nerve-racking,” Hoffman told them.

‘I have changed’

Hoffman, who works at a Coon Rapids car dealership and lives in Ramsey, said the experience has deeply affected him and has him reflecting on some of his own impatient, at times unkind behavior.

“I was the worst. Every little thing got to me and I was pretty good at letting [people] know. I have changed dramatically,” Hoffman said.

“There are a lot of people who are just amazing people, compassionate people. They are experienced. They are passionate. They are looking to save people’s lives.

“It’s incredible. It’s opened my eyes.”


Shannon Prather • 612-673-4804

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