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Tampa Woman Saves Man’s Life, Finishes Triathlon

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Teresa McCoy, a cardiac nurse, performs CPR on heart attack victim during triathlon in Florida, then gets back on her bike and finishes the race.

A Tampa woman saved the life of a man who had a heart attack during a triathlon Saturday morning in St. Petersburg, Fla., race officials said.

Teresa McCoy, 37, was just about to finish the bike portion of the Meek and Mighty Triathlon, part of the annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon events, when she saw two police officers huddled over a fellow rider along Bayshore Drive.

McCoy recognized the middle-aged man as runner No. 100. The two had chatted briefly before the start of the race. McCoy, a nurse at Tampa General Hospital’s cardiac lab, was No. 96.

With other riders speeding by, McCoy steered her bike to where the man was down.

The officers thought the man might be having a seizure, but McCoy checked for a pulse.

“I didn’t feel one at all,” she said. “He wasn’t looking good.”

Read More: St. Petersburg Times