Battle Ground woman honored for reviving collapsed husband

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter


Updated: July 16, 2013, 9:46 PM


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A Battle Ground woman earned a lifesaving award from Fire District 3 for reviving her husband — a longtime CPR teacher — after his heart stopped.

Candy Yarnell saw her husband, Herschel, 64, collapse just after 10:30 p.m. March 2 in their home northeast of Battle Ground Lake. Finding no pulse and no breath, Candy called 911 and performed CPR for five minutes until firefighters arrived. When medics rushed Herschel to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, he had some blood flow and was breathing, said Chief Steve Wrightson.

Herschel taught CPR from the mid-1980s through 2005 while serving as a volunteer firefighter with District 3. Candy, also a volunteer firefighter, took his classes, Wrightson said.

Wrightson and Fire Commissioner Buck Heidrick gave Candy the award at a July 1 board meeting.