His day job is working as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Community Hospital South, but off duty Marcus Guajardo is a husband and father. Like so many of us, he runs family errands after work. However, one shopping trip changed the life of a stranger forever and has many people calling Marcus a hero.
If I could help, I wanted to
After picking up everything on his list, Marcus approached the checkout line. His wife called with one more request: diapers for their little one. Marcus grabbed a package from the shelf and made his way to a cashier. While waiting in line, he saw two Meijer employees run to a wall, detach an AED and sprint away. From his vantage point, Marcus could see a person lying on his back in a nearby aisle.
His instincts kicked in. He immediately took action, running to the stranger on the ground.
“My body just took over,” Marcus explained. “I saw someone was in need of help, and, if I could help, I wanted to.”
The stranger’s color improved, and he began to take occasional breaths. A store employee had called 911, and Marcus continued compressions until firefighters arrived and hooked the man up to a monitor. continue reading ...