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Frankfort Fire Protection District paramedic/firefighter Jason Vaccaro (left) watches Frankfort resident Caden Klene practice CPR on Jan. 15 during a hands-on CPR class at Chelsea Intermediate School. Mary compton/22nd century media
Cardiac arrest survivor Kristen Walenga (left), of Frankfort, and Frankfort Fire Protection District firefighter/paramedic Brian Brosseau hold a training mannequin used for CPR training Jan. 15 during a hands-on CPR class at Chelsea Intermediate School.
Frankfort Warriors basketball player Landon Johnson (left) practices CPR on a training mannequin while his friend and teammate Caden Klene looks on.
Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter
5:05 pm CST January 20, 2020

It began like any normal Saturday morning. Frankfort resident Kristen Walenga was cooking breakfast when her heart stopped beating. 

Her son Ed ran up from the basement stairs and immediately began performing CPR until the Frankfort Fire Protection District paramedics arrived and took over. 

“I collapsed to the floor,” Walenga said. “The only sign is that I was dizzy. After a few moments, my 11-year-old called 911. At that point, my black lab began circling me and howling. My kids knew that there was something wrong.”