FOX VALLEY, Wis. (WBAY) - An Appleton woman is on a mission to save lives, one local golf course at a time. She's looking to equip every course with an AED -- an automated external defibrillator.
It was in the parking lot of Irish Waters Golf Club that Michele Schelble, a retired ICU nurse, and her husband, Tom, a retired physician, saved their friend and fellow golfer's life. The two were sitting in the clubhouse after a round of golf last July when someone came running in asking for help. A man outside was in cardiac arrest.
According to Tom Schelble, "We did see Steve lying on the ground, unresponsive, and then Shelly got there first, she initiated CPR."
The Schelbles and others at the course continued CPR until the paramedics arrived about five minutes later.
"The first responders came, got an AED on him, shocked him once, CPR for another two minutes, I think, and then another shock, and then he had a pulse," said Michele Schelble.
For their actions that day, the Schelbles were honored by Gold Cross Ambulance. And while this story has a happy ending, it still got Michele Schelble thinking.
"I think if an AED had been there, we would have had that access sooner," she says, "so that's why my goal is to get an AED at as many golf courses as possible."
The survivor of that cardiac incident has since donated the life-saving piece of equipment to Irish Waters, and Schelble has teamed up with Gold Cross Ambulance to raise money to outfit even more.
"If and when someone goes into cardiac arrest on a golf course, it's imperative that they have an automated external defibrillator on-site, because the goal is three minutes drop to shock, according to the American Heart Association," says Steve Radich from Gold Cross.