Wis. Teen Saved after Heart Attack at Afton Alps

Updated: 01/01/2014 7:42 AM
Created: 12/31/2013 6:23 PM
By: Megan Stewart

A 17-year-old boy was fresh off his first run of the day at Afton Alps, waiting in line for the lift with his brothers, ready for another run.

Then, he collapsed and was unconscious with no pulse.

Fortunately, Dan Mannon's story didn't end there.

Retired Washington County Sheriff Shane Linehan was nearby and instinctively sprung into action.

"It was clear he was in the dying process," Linehan said.

Linehan, who was skiing with his daughters that day, dropped to the ground and administered CPR.

Just minutes later, Afton Alps General Manager Joe Yasis arrived with an automated external defibrillator which restored Mannon's heartbeat.

Linehan, who's been a part of rescue efforts before, described Mannon's outcome as a miracle.

And while the teen is already looking forward to the next time he can snowboard, his father Rick is just savoring the now, happy his son is alive.

"To the world he's just one person, but to us he is the world," his father said.

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