Harrington was returning from a lunch break when she saw
a man lying on the track at Girard Park. She says she thought he’d just passed
out, "A few bystanders were standing over him so I thought he was taken
care of. I kept going, but something (inside) immediately told me to turn
The, then sixty-five-year-old runner, Gary Dodson, had
been jogging in the park a few minutes earlier and suddenly collapsed. One
onlooker called 911, but Harrington says when she arrived on the scene no one
was performing CPR. She immediately began performing rounds of compressions on
Dodson’s chest. Retrieving a CPR mask from her car, she continued CPR until an
ambulance came on the scene.
When Dodson arrived at Lafayette General, it was
determined that he’d suffered a major heart attack, from a right coronary
artery blocked 99 percent, and was taken into the cardiac catheterization lab.
When he woke the next day, he told family members that he didn’t have any
recollection of what happened. Later that day, he received a visitor to his ICU
room in the form of Harrington.