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Shasta Co. courthouse marshals save man's life

By Vienna Montague, Producer
Published On: Jul 03 2014 08:49:04 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2014 08:49:21 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

A Redding man was resuscitated by two fast-acting deputy marshals in the Shasta County courthouse.

Mohinder Ahluwalia got to meet the men who saved his life Thursday.

“You have given me a second life,” Ahluwalia said to the deputy marshals. “It’s all by your grace I am here. Peace to you.”

The last time they were together, deputy marshals Eric Haynes and Mike Nelson were performing CPR on Ahluwalia, using an automated external defibrillator or AED.

Ahluwalia was sitting on a bench on the third floor of the courthouse last Thursday when he went into cardiac arrest.

Haynes grabbed the AED and rushed upstairs.

“We ended up seeing Mr. Ahluwalia fairly lifeless on a park style bench on the floor. No pulse, not breathing,” Haynes said. “When I finished my last round of rescue breathing, Mr. Ahluwalia started breathing on his own.”

“And he’s a fighter, he came through it,” Haynes added. “By the time fire and EMS showed up, he was becoming more alert.”

The marshals’ training has Ahluwalia home with his family instead of in a morgue.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Douglas McConnell said CPR and AED training can be beneficial for anyone.

“When properly used, and with CPR being initiated by trained personnel, you can protect the brain while you re-stabilize the heart,” McConnell said. “This is a perfect example of that."

Ahluwalia's family members are beside themselves with appreciation and thanks for the marshals and the medical personnel at Shasta Regional Medical Center.

“Oh my God, it’s the world’s best thing to have your father back,” said Ahluwalia’s daughter Mandeep.

Ahluwalia is scheduled to be released from Shasta Regional Medical Center on Friday.

“Now I’m alive,” Ahluwalia said. “I’m with my family, I’m with my wife.”