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Kennewick Woman Saves Man's Life

KENNEWICK, Wash. - The gas pedal gets stuck as an elderly man's car plunges into a canal near Canyon Lakes Golf Course. A Kennewick woman immediately takes action, her training kicking in without a second thought.

About a month ago Heather Torrescano decided to get recertified in CPR, but she had no idea a man's life would depend on her training just weeks later.

Torrescano was enjoying a quiet afternoon at home. When suddenly she noticed a huge commotion on the golf course behind her house.

"Golfers out on the 16th hole started running. It was a run I've never seen before," Torrescano said.   

Torrescano rushed out the door to find out what was wrong. As she approached the irrigation canal down the street she saw the man's car flipped on its side and half submerged in the water.

Before paramedics arrived, several golfers wondered if they should pull the man from the car but Torrescano knew from her CPR training the driver needed to stay in the car to avoid further injuries.

"I went down and stabilized Mr. Badalamente's head," said Torrescano. "And I noticed he had a nasty gash on his arm."  

Torrescano's quick thinking saved 100 yr old Steve Badalamente's life, giving him time to say good bye to family and friends. He died four days later.

Kennewick fire fighters said our community needs more people like Torrescano trained in CPR and willing to act.

"Sometimes it's the difference between life and death," said Capt. Tod Kreutz, Kennewick Fire Department. 

"If you have someone there who can open an air way or stabilize a patient it does make a difference."

If you're interested in taking a CPR class, the Benton Franklin chapter of the Red Cross will host them throughout the summer.

To obtain a schedule of classes click on "CPR Classes" at the top of this story.