Don Roese is 83 years young; an active, die-hard Hawkeye fan and light on his feet.
That’s what he was doing at Kenny’s pub in Waukee Friday night, dancing to “Sweet Caroline” with his daughter–in-law, Barb Roese.
“He started to fall toward me then I thought maybe he had stumbled on a chair leg and then fell down.”
Don was not dancing anymore. He was suffering from a massive heart attack.
“He was turning blue and his mouth was foaming. I really truly thought I was going to lose my dad,” says Don’s son, Steve Roese, during an interview at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
The family says they watched as strangers performed CPR at the bar. One of those strangers was Clive Fire Marshall, Tony Collins, who was out with a group of firefighters and emergency personal celebrating his birthday.
“This guy’s timing couldn`t have been any better considering the company that was available,” Collins laughs.
Collins says Roese had no pulse and was not breathing on his own but Collins and his crew kept performing CPR for almost 15 minutes, breathing life back into Roese.
Collins says he just happened to in the right place at the right time and doesn’t consider himself a hero. The Roese family says they will be forever grateful for the dad’s second chance at life.
“He’s [Collins] an angel. He saved my dad’s life,” says Don’s son.
Doctors say Roese’s two main arteries were 100% blocked. He underwent a triple bypass surgery at Mercy Medical Center Wednesday morning. He is listed in critical but stable condition and will continue to recover at the hospital over the next several days.