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Navy medical worker rescues man using CPR

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Kolin Frank Kolin Frank
Rachelle Arriola Rachelle Arriola
KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It happened on October 8 in the parking lot of Heeia Small Boat Harbor. Rachelle Arriola was waiting for her friends.

"It was a humbling experience that I'll never forget," she said.

Canoe paddler Kolin Frank was training for the Molokai Hoe. The 53-year-old was jogging near the marina when he collapsed.

"Kolin could have been on a boat. He could have been on his canoe five minutes later," Frank's wife, Roxann, said.

Arriola heard cries for help. The Navy hospital corpsman was in the right place at the right time..

"He was unresponsive, period. I tried to call his name, wake him up," she said.

Frank had no pulse and he wasn't breathing. Arriola was the only person there who knew CPR.

"It just happened so fast. Just looking at him, that image hasn't left me yet," she said.

Arriola performed chest compressions and rescue breathing. For ten minutes her hands kept blood pumping through his body.

"I would not stop at all," she said.

She said the sights and the sounds of the boat harbor disappeared as she focused on Frank until the ambulance got there.

"I told the paramedic what I did, how long, and what were the signs and symptoms," she said. "They just took over from there."

At Castle Medical Center, doctors said Frank suffered a massive heart attack and Arriola's efforts kept him alive.

"I appreciate everything she tried to do for Kolin," Roxann Frank said. "She did her very best in what's she's skilled at. She was a gift."

"It was the right thing to do that for anybody who's in need of help. That's what our job is a hospital corpsman in the Navy is to help anybody who is in distress," Arriola said.

Arriola is a 16-year Navy veteran. She has never had to use her CPR training in the field until now. She visited Frank and his family in the hospital, and every day since the incident she has thought about what happened at the boat harbor

"I still get goose bumps. It's very emotional," she said.

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