Local family searching for Good Samaritan who saved dad's life

- Right place, right time. 

A Concord family is searching for a Good Samaritan who stepped in to save their loved one's life after he collapsed on a tennis court in Huntersville last month.

Jeff Ireland, 60, suffered a massive heart attack on Aug. 20 at Holbrook Park.

Jeff and his wife, Arlene, were playing in a tennis match against a pair they’d never met before, Megan Palmer and Jason Wilkes.

In the middle of the match, Jeff collapsed to the ground.

Palmer started CPR, as well as she could, while Wilkes called 911.

That’s when a man intervened, identifying himself as a “vet,” presumably, a veterinarian. He performed CPR for several minutes until first responders arrived.

Arlene says two other people in the park prayed with her while they waited for first responders.

Family members of Jeff said he had to undergo open heart surgery and was in a coma for almost three weeks. The good news is he is expected to make a full recovery.

Doctors told the family it was CPR that helped Jeff recover as well as he has. 

Now Jeff and his family are trying to locate the mystery hero to say thank you. The problem: they don’t have many details. They believe he’s possibly a veterinarian in the area. Witnesses remember him having dark hair and possibly being Hispanic.

Jeff doesn’t have any memories of the heart attack, but is thankful for a second chance at life.

“People who don’t even know you take the time to save your life, that’s pretty deep in my world,” Jeff said.

Anyone with information on the Good Samaritan is urged to come forward. Not sure how you can help? Start by sharing the Facebook post to spread the word.

 

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