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Peachtree cardiac arrest runner thanks his hero

7:45 AM, Jul 15, 2011   |    comments
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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sometimes it's great to be able to say, "Thank you."

Jim Kurtz got that chance Thursday; he was the runner who suffered cardiac arrest towards the finish line of this year's AJC Peachtree Road Race.

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Upon his collapse, nearby runners and watchers notified Marci Searles, an EMT with Grady Memorial Hospital who works the race as a bike team volunteer.

Searles got right to action. Joined soon by another bike team member, she administered CPR and within minutes, brought Kurtz back to life.

"He woke up and said, 'Why do you have your hands on my chest?'" Searles recalled. "I said, 'I'm performing CPR.' He said, 'On who?'

"I said, 'On you ...'"

Kurtz wound up requiring quadruple-bypass surgery two days later; he is now at home recovering and is still quite weak.

But on Thursday, he got to see his hero again, and it put a huge smile on his face.

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