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Police Officers Save Firefighter's Life

Two patrolmen in Tontitown are credited with saving a local firefighter's life after a car accident last week.
"You never know what you're going to get," says Danny Lester, Tontitown police officer.

Like a box of chocolates.

A cop's job can be rewarding.

"What we did was a small part of the whole thing," says Brett Freeland, Tontitown police officer.

For patrolmen Lester and Freeland, October 28 began as a mundane Monday.

Until dispatch sent the pair to an accident on Highway 412.

"When we arrived, we saw a truck and trailer that had gone through the grass of the Arvest on the east side of the building and had struck two parked cars," Lester says.

A quick check of the cab didn't paint a pretty picture for the first responders.

"Not breathing. Wasn't moving," Freeland says.

"He was in cardiac arrest and was stuck between the seats and the gear shift," Lester says.

"He" was a first responder himself .

Cave Springs volunteer firefighter Willis Marchant, without a pulse.

EMS wasn't on scene yet, so the two law enforcement officers played paramedics.

"Took several minutes to get him up and out...On the ground where we started CPR," Lester says.

An ambulance arrived and Marchant had to be shocked twice to revive his pulse before being taken to Washington Regional Medical Center.

He spent a week in the hospital.

"They said it was very important that we started CPR as fast as we did," Lester says.

"That actually ended up saving his life."

"Going there (to the hospital), checking on him as much as we could," Freeland says.

"Immediately the mom and the wife hugging us, every time we walk in the door."

When the patrolmen walked in the door at Tuesday's night's city council meeting, they were presented with something better than a box of chocolates..

Lifesaving recognition.

For a couple of guys who say, last Monday, they were just doing their job.

"It was a pretty cool feeling," Freeland says.

"It's a good feeling," Lester says.

"I went home that night, and I felt like I had done something."
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