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Athletic Director Saved By AED and Friends

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Athletic Director in Wilbur literally drops dead Saturday, right before a volleyball game between Odessa-Harrington and Wilbur-Creston.

Steve Jantz is only 47-years-old and never thought he would be so close to death at this age, but is now thanking his friends and one simple machine for saving his life.

At Sacred Heart Medical Center Jantz is recovering in bed, sore and in some pain, but otherwise alive.

"There's definitely somebody else involved in this and we know that is God that there was a reason that this happened," said Jantz.

He's counting his blessings as he's starting to remember what happened the night he collapsed while announcing the starting line-up at the volleyball game.

"When I went to the floor I was yelling 'I need help' and it was still on the microphone."

Jantz went into cardiac arrest when his friends came to his aid starting CPR, but he was blue and unresponsive. A registered nurse in the crowd called for an AED, a machine designed to give a shock to the heart. Almost 15 minutes later he finally showed signs of life. Doctors said if it wasn't for the AED and quick response from friends he would not be alive today.

"Without that I would not be here," said Jantz.

The irony in all of this is Jantz took part in purchasing the AED and put it in the school a year ago, not knowing he would be the one to need it. He said he will now advocate to have an AED at every school in the state.

Jantz is expected to go home on Thursday.

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