ST. PAUL, MN (WTAQ) - A sheriff's deputy is being called a hero for saving a western Wisconsin teenager on a ski slope in neighboring Minnesota.
17-year-old Dan Mannon, a snowboarder from Wilson, was waiting in line for a chair lift ride when he collapsed last Saturday at the Afton Alps ski resort east of St. Paul.
Mannon just happened to be standing next to Washington County deputy Shane Linehan -- who kicked off his skis, checked Mannon, and found that the teen did not have a pulse.
Linehan and ski instructor Kevin Neubauer performed CPR while the ski area's general manager, Joe Yasis, arrived with a defibrillator. The unit shocked Mannon's heart enough to get it going again.
He's still undergoing tests at Regions Hospital in St. Paul to find out what happened and why.
At a news conference Tuesday, Mannon thanked Linehan and the others who saved him. Without the officer's fast action, the teen said he wouldn't be alive right now.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)