Life-saving personal trainer, trooper reunited months later | Community Spirit
CANTON, GA (WXIA) -- A Georgia State Trooper and a personal trainer were reunited on Wednesday, after an unusual meeting last summer.
The personal trainer saved the trooper's life after he had a heart attack. The trainer was recognized with the highest honor from the American Red Cross.
At 43 years old, Trooper Steven Walker had a massive heart attack after a hard run on the treadmill. Though he doesn't remember anything from that day in July, 2014, doctors told him he was gone for almost 10 minutes.
"It's a miracle," he said. "The only thing I can say is God was looking out for me."
"When I approached Steve, I knew there was no breath – there was no life," said personal trainer Judy Cox.
At 5-foot-5, Cox started CPR on the 6-foot-5 Walker.
"I think that's when adrenaline kicks in and you get the strength to get through it," she said. "And I did have all of my body weight on him."
While waiting for paramedics, she used a nearby defibrillator.
She says she had been trained before on the defibrillator, but once she opened it, it told her what to do the whole way through.
Cox was recognized by the Red Cross with a National Certificate of Merit – the highest award the organization gives.
"She did the best thing to me anyone has ever done," Walker said.
When asked if he plans to try another hard run -- a mile in less than 6 minutes --
"I've started running again," he said. "But I'm not quite there yet. I want to build up gradually. And I might try it."