PGA of America proud as PGA Golf Course employees honored for saving a man's life
Port St. Lucie (CBS12) —
When you're playing a round of golf, the last thing you consider is the fact that you may have to fight for your life. So little did John Van Teeckelenburgh realize that his eventual heros were nearby when he checked into the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie.
Representatives from the PGA of America were proudly in attendance on Friday as the St. Lucie County Fire District honored those aforementioned heros with the Citizens Hero Award. Retired firefighter John Tuller and retired police officer Bob Morin were called to the golf shop when Van Teeckelenburgh collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. Tuller and Morin utilized the defibrillator and administered CPR until the paramedics could arrive and continue the vital life saving procedures. But it's Tuller and Morin's early efforts that ultimately saved Van Teeckelenburgh's life.
"Doing it numerous times, it's kind of routine, but it's not routine," says Morin. "In the 30 years I've been in this, I think I've had maybe 5 or 6 saves. It is great to help a fellow human being, it really is."
Van Teeckelenburgh was able to recover in time for his granddaughters wedding. While he was too emotional to speak after the ceremony, he did share one simple reflection about the two men who saved his life.
"John and Bob," starts Van Teeckelenburgh as he fights back tears. "I owe them a debt of gratitude that I could never repay. I could never repay it."
Tuller and Morin say they'd love to play a round of golf with Van Teeckelenburgh once he's fully recovered.