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My Town: A Thanksgiving hero saves two loving hearts
My Town: A Thanksgiving hero saves two loving hearts

TALMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- When 78-year-old Allan TenEyck came home from the hospital after suffering a heart attack and undergoing subsequent bi-pass surgery, he never imagined that his wife of 50 years, Gloria,  would also suffer a massive heart attack two weeks later on Thanksgiving.

"When she dropped to the floor, I just knew she was dead," said Allan. "I called 911 and a family member ran to the neighbor's house for help."

To their surprise, 11th grader Jaylee Russo came over and got right to work administering CPR.

 "Jaylee learned how to perform CPR last year in Todd VanHouten's health class at Coopersville High School," said Jaylee's mom, Lisa. "He kept emphasizing to students to actually learn what was being taught. He told them over and over to really pay attention and not just go through the motions because it's very important. It's not just an 'easy A' class! This may one day be a skill that will help someone."

That indeed was the case according to the Talmadge Township first responders, as they told Gloria that Jaylee saved her life. Thanks to Jaylee, the two hearts of this loving couple can now heal together. The TenEyck family would like to give a "heartfelt"  thank you to this young hero.