On the Fourth of July on a busy Monon Trail that leads to CarmelFest, everyday good Samaritans stepped up to help a man who had collapsed.
Geoffrey Robinson, of Noblesville, received CPR and other medical assistance from three unknown people who stopped and helped the man survive his medical emergency. But he never got the names of his heroes and he wanted to thank them.
The Carmel Fire Department, impressed with the random acts of kindness, used surveillance video and social media to try to identify the three people who helped. They made contact with the two women who helped, Alta Skelton and Jurga Tritenko. The third good Samaritan has not been identified.
CFD official now plans to honor these good Samaritans before an upcoming meeting of the Carmel City Council, but no date has been set yet because they are waiting for Robinson to recover.
“These people didn’t have to stop,” said CFD spokesman Joel Heavner. “It was a busy day on the Monon and many people passed by. But these people did stop and help and they should be commended for their acts and for their skills in CPR.”
Tritenko works as a nurse and she said she was happy to help, but felt it was very stressful since it wasn’t at the hospital where she is used to assisting in medical emergencies. When she got home she said she couldn’t stop thinking of the man on the Monon and she wondered if he was OK.
“I was very worried,” she said. “I wanted to know how he was doing and I was very happy to talk to him again.”
Tritenko said the real credit goes to the first responders who showed up. She said saving a life often takes teamwork.
Skelton, who is a nurse practitioner, was the first person to help the victim and began performing chest compressions when she found he didn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing. She said she believes God put her in that place at that time so she could help.
“I used to teach CPR classes,” she said. “And I believe I’m going to start teaching them again because of the effect this incident had on me.”
Robinson wasn’t available for comment because he is still recovering.