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Quick thinking and fast action by deputies credited with saving lawyer’s life

By Joe McDonald, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 03 2014 09:07:10 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 03 2014 09:13:58 PM CDT
Attorney Richard J. Schaedler, second row, with the deputy sheriffs who saved his life
EASTON, Pa. -

Richard J. Schaedler got a chance on Thursday to personally thank the Northampton County sheriff deputies who saved his life when a heart attack sent him sprawling to the floor with no pulse.

The Bethlehem attorney, who specializes in real estate and estate work, nearly died  when his heart stopped beating outside a courtroom in Easton as he headed to motions court first thing in the morning on Nov. 15.

He doesn’t remember much about what happened. Actually that’s not true.

“I can’t remember anything about that day,” Schaedler said, while posing with the deputies who were honored by Northampton County Council and Chris Zieger, the acting sheriff.

Schaedler considers himself lucky, lucky that it didn’t happen while he was driving on Interstate 78 en route to the courthouse from his home in Hellertown.

He’s also lucky the deputies are required to train for “emergency care,” which includes CPR, first aid, oxygen administration and the use of a defibrillator.

“I’m lucky, very lucky,” Schaedler said.

Zieger said the credit belongs to: Sgt. Jeffrey Heller, Sgt. Timothy Hornbaker and Deputies Brian Budraitis, Elaine Feliciano, Gretchen Kraemer, Scott Kuchner, Jeffrey Schuler, Ethan Segreaves, Mark Surher and James Underwood.