Strangers awarded for saving deputy’s life

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FARMINGTON, Utah (News4Utah) Four women are being hailed heroes for saving the life of a Davis County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy. 

The ladies were honored for their quick action and kindness during an awards ceremony Wednesday. 

“It’s overwhelming to see a lifeless man on the sidewalk,” said Monica Deis. 

On January 29, Corrections Deputy Steve Lewis suffered a major heart attack caused by four blockages while on a run in his Clearfield neighborhood.

Nancy Mikkelson and her daughter, Monica Deis, happened to be driving on the right street at the right time. 

“He was in trouble. That’s just what we do,” said Mikkelson. 

The registered nurses pulled over, called 911 and went to work performing CPR. Soon, Elise Griggs and Anne Olsen also stopped to help. Together, the women took turns performing compressions for 20 minutes on the unconscious deputy.

“We didn’t know he was a sheriff’s [deputy]. He was a man, a human lying there. He was in trouble,” said Mikkelson. 

The father of six was in a coma for two days. In the months since, the 46-year-old made a full recovery thanks to the women who stopped to help a stranger.  

The women met Lewis for the first time since that day during an award ceremony held by the Davis County Sheriff’s Office.

“They were absolutely amazing to stop and help a stranger. Thank you doesn’t cover it but that’s all I have,” said Lewis.

The women admit they just did what was right and hope someone would do the same for them. 

Doctors said this experience is a perfect example of why everyone should know CPR. Classes can be found online at cpr.heart.org.

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