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On May 12, Middle Taylor Township Volunteer Firefighter Korey Roberts was driving through downtown Johnstown when he noticed a woman in medical distress along a sidewalk. Roberts pulled over and began CPR on Donna Laslo, who had suffered a stroke. Roberts revived Laslo, who was taken by ambulance to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Laslo was treated in the hospital for several days before transferring to Crichton Rehabilitation Center, where she was eager to reunite with the person who saved her life. On May 25, Roberts visited with Laslo and she thanked him for his quick action. Laslo has returned home and is doing well in her recovery.
“People should be more educated on their surroundings,” Laslo said. “If it wasn’t for Korey, I could have died. I wouldn’t even be here. I’m very grateful and I’m definitely going to get some [CPR] lessons myself.”
Roberts credits his parents, both of whom worked in healthcare for many years, for his instinct to help others. His father, Scott, was a social worker at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for 36 years, while his mother, Marianne, was a nurse at Mercy Hospital and an educator.
Conemaugh Learning Institute offers a blended-learning CPR course through the American Heart Association. A portion of the course is completed online before a skills session is scheduled at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. The cost for the skills training session is $40. CPR courses can also be scheduled for groups and organizations by calling 814.534.9782.
Photographs and video assets are available courtesy of Conemaugh Health System.