Richfield personal trainer who just learned CPR saves man at gym


A personal trainer is being hailed as a hero after the CPR training he just learned helped save a Twin Cities man who suffered a serious heart attack at a gym, FOX 9 reports.

Chris Ransom, who works as a personal trainer at L.A. Fitness in Richfield, helped save 55-year-old Bill Richardson at the facility in early October.

Richardson was in training to run his 22nd Twin Cities Marathon when Ransom found him face down on the floor. Ransom flipped the man over, saw that his face was purple and started performing chest compressions on him until paramedics arrived.

Ransom says he only learned the life-saving procedure at his workplace a few weeks before, and told FOX 9 that others should learn to do the same.

"I'm just thankful that I had the opportunity that was given to me to learn the basics of saving someone's life," he said.

Earlier this month, an Anoka County man was honored for saving a fellow employee with CPR at McCarthy Auto World in Coon Rapids, ABC Newspapers reports.

Josh Gagner performed CPR on Tim Hoffman after Hoffman went into cardiac arrest on the job Oct. 3.

Do you know CPR? Here are the five basic steps, from the American Red Cross.

The Mayo Clinic lists the basics of CPR for untrained people and trained people not 100 percent sure of their skills.

In June, the American Heart Association donated $6.5 million to the Mission: Lifeline Minnesota program, which is designed to improve heart attack care in rural Minnesota.

The program provides rural hospitals and emergency crews with equipment and training to make a faster diagnosis of heart attacks caused by blocked arteries


Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Timberwolves smash Rockets in season opener

The Timberwolves showed they have plenty of firepower in a victory over Houston.

Knuth - Nezhad - side by side

Frey challengers Knuth, Nezhad agree to rank each other 2nd

They're urging supporters to do the same on Nov. 2.

Jerome Horton - Sherburne Co. Jail - CROP

Charges: Man lied to buy gun later used by St. Paul mass shooting suspect

He's accused of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm.

Screen Shot 2021-06-04 at 6.30.24 AM

BCA releases investigative file in Winston Smith's shooting death

The file contains 1,000 pages of documents, hundreds of photos and dozens of audio files.


Fire at Mpls. pizza joint weeks after opening, owners suspect arson

The owners arrived at work Tuesday to find the building on fire.

vaccine, covid

New COVID charts show hospitalization, death rates based on vaccine status

The unvaccinated are far more likely than the fully vaccinated to become hospitalized or die.

Flickr - Superior National Forest Boundary Waters

White House begins process to ban new mining near BWCAW

The stated goal is to protect the "unique natural wonder" of the BWCAW.

Autumn Merrick, Autumn Rose Merrick

Man charged in shootout, crash that killed 18-year-old on scooter

Autumn Rose Merrick was with a friend near the Holiday gas station.