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Hernando County deputy saves man's life after receiving a 911 hangup call

Posted at 9:23 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 21:23:02-04

RIDGE MANOR, Fla. -- Just after 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, Hernando County dispatch received a 911 hangup call that came in from a cell phone.

Dispatch was able to map out the whereabouts of the call and Hernando County deputy Jeff McDougal headed to a Ridge Manor neighborhood.

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He saw a home with lights on in the area which was unusual for that time of night. McDougal was about to knock on the door when an elderly mother comes running out, extremely frantic, saying her son won’t wake up.

McDougal called the fire rescue and then went into the home to find a man extremely pale, not breathing and without a pulse.

He began CPR. Within just a few minutes, deputy Mark Kay arrived on scene and assisted with CPR. They were able to reestablish a pulse and the man began taking breaths.

“That big breath told me that we’re getting somewhere here, we’re doing it. You’ve a got a tiger by the tail here and you just got to keep holding on and keep doing it,” said McDougal.

The man was transported to the hospital and is expected to make a full recover. The paramedics and doctors credit the deputies for saving the man’s life.