GREENFIELD, Ind. — Best-One of Indy is hailing two of its employees as heroes after they administered CPR to a co-worker and saved his life.
On March 7 Wayne Cooper, a retail mechanic at the dealership's Riley Park Tire location in Greenfield, collapsed on the shop floor and stopped breathing.
Keegan Hite, a fellow mechanic, rushed to Cooper's side and started performing CPR. After five minutes another co-worker, Jason Clark, a retail sales employee, took over and continued performing CPR for another three minutes. The two men were able to revive Cooper by the time the ambulance had arrived, according to the dealership.
Cooper had suffered a heart attack and underwent surgery at the hospital and recovered, according to the dealership.
"Without these two men being able to perform CPR, we might not have Wayne here with us today," Best-One of Indy said.
"We are also thankful that the Lord had Wayne come to work that day because on that particular morning, Wayne was home alone. The fact that he came into work and was surrounded by these two men who know how to perform CPR wasn't by coincidence."
Almost two months later, Cooper was able to return to work.
When he thanked Hite for his efforts, Hite replied, "You don't have to thank me, I was just doing what I was trained to do."
Hite said he became certified in CPR when he was a lifeguard and has kept up his certification because he thought it was a good skill to have.
Clark said that he learned CPR in junior high school and has always remembered how to perform it.
"Keegan and Jason are heroes who saved Wayne Cooper's life. We are so thankful for their ultimate act of possessing a servant's attitude," the dealership said.
Indy Tire Centers Inc., dba Best-One of Indy, was a Tire Business "Best Places to Work" finalist in 2022. It operates 15 tire and auto service locations in central Indiana — including the Riley Park location acquired in 2021 — and employs over 200.