2019 RAGBRAI

Trooper, firefighters riding RAGBRAI help save cyclist who suffered heart attack, authorities say

A 62-year-old man is recovering after suffering a heart attack during Wednesday’s RAGBRAI route and being helped by fellow riders.

Medics told the Iowa State Patrol the Washington state man would not have survived if not for automated external defibrillators used by a trooper, Sgt. Nathan Ludwig said. He was on the route about 15 miles northwest of Centerville.

A group of firefighters riding along saw the man go down and quickly performed CPR. He was alert and talking by the time he was flown north for treatment, Ludwig said.

“Trooper Bob Conrad was able to activate his AED and successfully get a pulse on the man,” Ludwig wrote in a text message. “Mercy ambulance and Care ambulance officials were escorted by troopers to Mercy Medical Center in Centerville where he was life-flighted to Des Moines.

“Thank you, to all that assisted and helped this man today.”

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