MONTVILLE TWP. — James Shaw owes his life to a lot of people.
So many people stepped in to save Shaw’s life on Oct. 2, 2018, that the room was crowded Tuesday night when township trustees gathered to honor those responsible for the life-saving efforts
When Montville Dispatcher Denise Indovina answered a 911 call about an unconscious male on Torington Drive, little did she know that a chain reaction had already started that led to Shaw’s survival.
Dan Golli called the police when he saw Shaw unconscious. Charlene Borgelt and Bonnie Richardson, who are Shaw’s neighbors, performed CPR. And, Lt. Matt Neil and Sergeant Brett Harrison, first on the scene, used an AED defibrillator to restart Shaw’s heart.
All were recognized along with the paramedics who arrived moments after the 911 call.
“You can talk to her,” Shaw said motioning to his wife when asked to answer a few question about that day.
She was conscious. He was not.
“You know more than me,” he said.
Rita Shaw said her husband collapsed into unconsciousness while outside talking to a neighbor and how people who witnessed the incident reacted may have greatly affected the outcome.
“My husband doesn’t remember because he was out, but everything was fabulous,” she said. “I mean, it was orchestrated perfectly.”
Shaw was rushed to Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital, where he was stabilized after his heart attack. He was in the hospital for 16 days and has not had any complications since returning home.
“It is outstanding to have Mr. Shaw here and to know he is continuing to make memories with his family because of the collaborative effort between our community members and our first responders,” Police Chief Terri Grise said.
They were not the only ones recognized for good deeds during the meeting.
Grise kicked off Tuesday’s meeting by recognizing 9-year-old Brady Snakovsky.
The Strongsville resident started a GoFundMe account to raise money to help out local K-9 units.
“About 15 months ago, he decided he wanted to raise money to get a K-9 a vest,” said Grise. “When he started this he was able to raise enough money for four vests. Since that time, on the GoFundMe account, he was able to raise $69,000.”
The vests are usually around $2,000.
Brady, with the help of his family, has donated 67 vests across 12 states.
“I know they cost a lot of money and it’s hard to afford one so I wanted to help out,” he said.
He donated a vest to Black, a K-9 officer with the Montville Police Department.
The GoFundMe is called Brady’s K-9 fund and more information can be found on Facebook.