VERMILLION — Fortunately for one customer, three Clay County deputies chose the right place for their lunch break.

On his department’s Facebook page, Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe related how his staff members saved a life on Wednesday with good timing and quick action.

"Deputies Michael Smith, Shannon Kymala and Kaleb Christopherson were finishing their lunch break at Vermillion’s Pizza Ranch when a call was received of a man collapsing in the restaurant," the sheriff said. "The deputies immediately began to provide (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and used an (automated external defibrillator)."

Howe called it a matter of being "in the right place at the right time."

The Clay County deputies received backup from other first responders, the sheriff said.

"Vermillion Police Officer Jessica Newman and Vermillion Police Detective Robin Hower arrived soon after the call was received and provided assistance to the deputies," he said. "The man’s heart was restarted, and Vermillion (Emergency Medical Services) responded and took over care of the patient."

While good fortune was involved, the first responders made a life-saving difference, Howe said.

"This man is alive today thanks to the quick actions taken by these deputies, police officers and EMTs," he said. "Congratulations to these public servants for a job very well done."

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