Author: KDKA-TV News Staff
Pittsburgh (KDKA)-An unlikely duo was honored for their bravery last summer.
As early as one day in July, an AHN nurse named Tater Tot and a dog saved the life of this day and a man.
On the Allegheny River of the River Forest Yacht Club, 76-year-old Tom Kissel was walking along the pier with his dog. Suddenly, a huge wave rushed into the pier, which caught Kissel by surprise.
Due to the waves, Kisel was thrown into the water, hit his head, and lost consciousness on the way into the water.
The only person who witnessed his fall was Tater Tot.
“I don’t remember being knocked down,” Kisel recalled. “I got into the water and the dog didn’t leave me. He was with me, he was just swimming around me. Mary Joe saw my hand under the water, they came to me, her husband jumped into the water, Take me to the surface.”
When Mary Jo Lender and her husband were docking their ship, they saw Tater Tot circle around Kissel and took immediate action.
She recalled: “We were covering our boat, but the dog splashing in the water caught our attention.”
Mary Jo and her husband saw his arm in the water, and at that moment her husband pulled him out of the water.
Mary Jo, a nurse from AHN Allegheny Valley, began to press and did not stop until the paramedic arrived.
“It feels like forever, but it may be 15-20 minutes,” Marijo said. “At the moment, I am in full-time nurse mode. Ask my husband, I was a bit giving directions, and I took over at that moment.”
Mary Joe and Tom reunited with Tom’s faithful partner Tate Tote on Tuesday to celebrate his health.