Woman Saves Man's Life, Then Finishes Triathlon
Teresa McCoy hopped back on bike after ambulance took him away
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2011 6:06 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A hero in Florida yesterday saved a man’s life … then promptly hopped back on her bike and finished the triathlon she was competing in. Teresa McCoy, a 37-year-old nurse, met the man before the race began and spoke to him briefly. As she was about to finish the triathlon’s bike portion, she saw him again—on the ground, with two police officers huddled over him.

As other racers biked by, McCoy stopped and checked for a pulse. "I didn't feel one at all," she tells the St. Petersburg Times. "He wasn't looking good." She started CPR and asked for a defibrillator. "As soon as we shocked him, he came to," she says. As he was being loaded into the ambulance, McCoy resumed the race, and was happy to learn after finishing that the man survived and is expected to recover.

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May 5, 2011 3:48 AM CDT
Wow this is one of the amazing stories I've ever read. You're a hero!. I would like also to share this safety service that I'm using to ask for help whenever I encounter danger. It's SafeTREC mobile application that has a panic button at press simultaneously alerts and mobilizes a select group of friends and family members when a you are in danger, and if needed gets the emergency to the nearest 911. For more knowledge on how the application works try to check their website http://safetrec.com/
May 2, 2011 9:47 AM CDT
Badass. She's the real McCoy.
May 1, 2011 7:55 PM CDT
Hearing stories like this gives me hope for the human race, but too bad there aren't many of these people. Keep doing what you do Ms. McCoy!