Afton Alps snowboarder, 17, thanks rescuers after heart attack


A 17-year-old snowboarder who had a heart attack and collapsed as he was waiting in a chairlift line at Afton Alps over the weekend gratefully met his rescuers Tuesday, metro media reported.

Luckily, Dan Mannon, of Wilson, Wisconsin, collapsed near the feet of Washington County sheriff's deputy Shane Linehan, a 15-year law enforcement veteran, who leapt into action, the Pioneer Press reports.

Mannon had no pulse, so Linehan and ski instructor Kevin Neubauer immediately began CPR, and Afton Alps general manager Joe Yasis, arriving a few moments later, shocked Dan's heart with an automated external defibrillator, the newspaper reported.

The revived teen was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he is undergoing tests to determine why his heart failed. Mannon's cardiologist said doctors could not find a structural problems with his heart, so they plan to implant an small pacemaker to prevent a recurrence, FOX 9 reported.

"I'm very grateful for Shane because if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here right now," Mannon said, FOX 9 reported. "I'm thankful for Joe for having the AED, because that really saved me."

At a Tuesday news conference, Mannon and his parents praised his rescuers. "Hi, I'm Shane. Nice to meet you standing up," Linehan said, shaking Dan's hand, the Pioneer Press reported. His mother choked back tears and told Linehan, "Thank you for saving my son's life."

Linehan told the Star Tribune that he had recently retired from law enforcement, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after a career of stressful incidents. “This one actually fits in on the plus side," Linehan told the Star Tribune. But this time, he said, "I knew what to do and I did exactly what I needed to do. And it worked out well. Really, really well. … So to me, it’s almost healing.”

Dan's father Rick, a pastor, said the incident amounted to a holiday miracle.

"To the world he's just one person, but to us he is the world," Rick Mannon said, KSTP reported.

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