Grand Prairie Couple Thanks 911 Dispatcher Who Helped Save Husband’s Life

Andrew Greenstein
October 30, 2018 - 1:03 pm
Grand Prairie Rescue

Andrew Greenstein

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GRAND PRAIRIE (1080 KRLD) - An emotional reunion in Grand Prairie between a couple and a 911 dispatcher who helped save the husband’s life.

On April 7, Marvin Douglas was suffering a heart attack and a mini-stroke.

His wife Annette frantically called 911, and dispatcher Hollyann Bartnick helped her perform CPR on him until paramedics arrived.

“Working me through the CPR helped me have him here today,” Annette Douglas says.

Thanks to Bartnick’s direction, Marvin was breathing again before paramedics took over.

This morning, the Douglases stopped by Grand Prairie Police and Fire headquarters to thank Bartnick for what she did.

The reunion was emotional, especially for Bartnick.

“Being able to meet someone that we've been able to help is truly special,” Bartnick said as she tried to maintain her composure.

Philip Viola was among the responding paramedics and said everyone played a role in saving Marvin’s life.

“If we wouldn't have had the bystander CPR, there's a very good chance that we all will not be standing here right now,” Viola says.

Bartnick says Annette Douglas also played a key role.

“She knew exactly where she was and listened and remained calm to be able to help her husband.”

Marvin Douglas expresses his gratitude to all who saved his life that fateful day.

“I don't think there are words in the English language that can express the feelings that you need to express,” Mr. Douglas said. “So the best ones I can think of are ‘thank you.’”

“In the hospital, he told me I was his hero,” Annette Douglas says, “and I broke down whenever he told me that because I never thought about being a hero to anybody; and when he told me that, I lost it.”

Annette Douglas says she didn’t have a clue on how to perform CPR prior to her husband’s episode.

The events of April 7 will change that.

“Thank God that he's alive today and we can do it together that we're going to do a (CPR) class together,” says Mrs. Douglas.