Hometown heroes celebrated

Andrea Nelson

Friends of John Segna and emergency personnel who saved his life when he went into cardiac arrest on the golf course in August were recognized Saturday at the Montgomery Fire and EMS Banquet. Pictured, from left, are April Ehmke, Dave Gaul, Mark Griffith, Bruce Kuchinka, Dan Bednar, Mike Yetzer, Jesse Stephens, Bob Forcelle, Tyler Bednar, Ken Pavek, Isaac Schugel, Tony Kaderlik, Joe Anderson, Rick Sembauer, Jenny Stephens, Arletta Appelhof, and Roland Vlasak. Missing from the photo are Gary Herreld and Dr. Mark Brahs. (Andrea Nelson Photo)

It takes a team effort to respond calmly and effectively in the face of an emergency situation.

The outcomes are heavily dependent upon the quick reactions and efforts of those witnessing and responding to the emergency.

A matter of seconds and minutes can be the difference between life and death.

On Friday, August 31, John Segna learned how true this is and fully believes he wouldn't be alive today if it hadn't been for the team of heroes that were there in his time of need, his emergency.

Segna, of Montgomery, said that Friday was like any other. There was nothing out of the ordinary about it. He got up, followed his normal routine and headed to the Montgomery National Golf Club, like he did almost every day during the summer months.

He had a two o'clock tee time with six of his golfing buddies. They split into two groups and started golfing. All the while he felt fine and was not experiencing any pain or discomfort.

Shortly after stepping onto the golf course, something happened and Segna collapsed.

He had a massive heart attack.

“The last thing I remember is picking up my ball," Segna recalls.

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