Massachusetts pair honored for saving man’s life with CPR at Norwood gym

Two people were honored by the American Heart Association this week for saving a man’s life after he went into cardiac arrest at a Norwood gym.

Paula Verderber and Scott Leverenz received the Heartsaver Hero Award for performing CPR on Chris Dull after he collapsed and became unresponsive at the end of a group exercise class at CrossFit Prosperity in June.

The three people were re-united this week, a meeting that was covered by multiple news outlets, including The Boston Globe, WCVB Channel 5, 7 News Boston, CBS Boston, NBC Boston and NECN. Watch coverage of the event below.

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In addition to performing CPR, the pair also used a defibrillator until Dull regained consciousness. Emergency responders told the news outlet that without that quick thinking, Dull may not have survived.

The Heartsaver Hero award is the American Heart Association’s way of saying thank you for performing the heroic act of CPR, a critical link in the chain of survival. To nominate a hero, click here.