58-year old Mark Clodwick was dead when he collapsed from a heart attack while at work in Westlake several months ago.
But, thanks to the preparedness of his employers and co-workers at Nelson Stud Welding, located on Sharon Drive, Mark is back at work today.
Last week, he and fellow workers gathered with City of Westlake safety personnel and representatives of UH St. John Medical Center for a Celebration of Life.
The group recounted the events of the day that could have turned out much worse had Nelson Stud Welding not purchased an AED machine and provided training classes in CPR, first aid and use of the AED (Automated External Defibrillator).
Mike Bartkiewicz, a co-worker at Nelson Stud, was first to notice that Mark went down to the ground on the shop floor. He immediately alerted fellow employees, who responded in life-saving fashion.
Another employee, Aaron Henely, was instrumental in giving life saving help. First, he made the 911 call from his cell phone after coming upon Mark on the floor. He then made a call out to a third employee, John Johns, to go and get the AED. Aaron then attached Mark to the AED, giving the shocks that the unit called for.
Aaron continued his lifesaving help to Mark by giving CPR and not stopping until medical attention arrived.
Nelson Stud’s Patrick Prendergast stayed on the phone with 911 dispatcher Jessica Pagenstecher as life-saving activities continued. “She gave us the phone support on giving patient care until police and fire arrived,” he said. “She assisted in directing police and fire to the rear of the building.”
Other Nelson Stud team members went to the front of the building and made sure police and fire drove to the rear of the building, closer to where Mark was.
“It was intense,” said Aaron of the day of the event. “I am just glad we were able to help him.”
“Aaron’s actions truly gave Mark the chance to make it to the hospital and have a successful outcome,” said Daniel Ellenberger, Director, University Hospitals EMS Training & Disaster Preparedness Institute.
Mark was transported to UH St. John Medical Center where surgeon Hani Khaddam, MD, performed successful triple-bypass surgery.
“I don’t remember anything,” says Mark. “All I know is that when I woke up in the hospital they said I had died and that the Nelson Stud defibrillator had brought me back. The people here had the knowledge to use it.”
Mark was off work two months following surgery. Prior to his heart attack he had no symptoms except acid reflux. He is 58 years old and has worked at Nelson Stud for four years as a tool and Die maker. He lives in North Ridgeville. He and his wife Kathy have been married for 30 years.
“This is a wonderful celebration of what teamwork can do to save a life,” said Westlake Fire Chief James Hughes.
“This is a victory. It is a victory for Mark and it is a victory for all of our safety forces,” said Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough. “We are very grateful for all that you do each and every day.”
The Celebration of Life took place at Nelson Stud Welding last Wed., Feb. 24, as employees and Westlake safety forces enjoyed lunch at the Westlake business.
Nelson® Stud Welding, founded over 75 years ago, is the premier global manufacturer and distributor of critical engineered fasteners, near net shaped engineered components, weld stud fasteners and stud welding application equipment serving a broad range of markets including the automotive, construction and industrial markets. The company operates four manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Germany and China,