Zionsville woman uses CPR to save husband’s life

A woman saves her husband’s life by performing CPR. The Boone County sheriff says it just goes to show how important it is to take CPR classes.

Chip Cravens is a reserve deputy with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. Back in March, Chip was at home when he collapsed.

“He walked over to add to a text I was writing to our daughter-in-law and he just fell face down,” Lori Cravens said.

Chip’s wife, Lori, wasn’t supposed to be home at the time, but it’s a good thing that she was.  She immediately called 911.

Lori: “My husband has passed out. I don’t know if he’s having a heart attack. I need, I need assistance please.”
Dispatcher:“Alright ma’am. We’re going to get help to you.”

The dispatcherwas Cpl. Ruthie Armas. Armas asked Lori Cravens a list of specific questions.

“What I wanted to do was calm her down because it was kind of hard to understand what she was saying and we just want them to be able to help the person out,” Armas said.

Armas said it helped that Lori Cravens knew CPR.

“And really all I could do at that point was just tell her she was doing a good job ‘cause she kind of had it under control. She did great,” Armas said.

Lori: “He’s turning blue.”
Dispatcher: “He’s turning blue? Was he eating anything? Is he choking?”
Lori: “I don’t think so.”

Lori stayed on the phone with dispatch for eight minutes. She continued doing compressions.

Dispatcher: “Does he have a pulse, Lori? Can you tell me if he had a pulse?”
Lori:: “No pulse. I feel no pulse.”

Armas guided Lori the entire time.

Dispatcher: “Has he taken another breath?”
Lori Cravens: “He took one again. Yes ma’am.”
Dispatcher: “Okay. Tell me each time.”

Chip Cravens was shocked three times before he was taken to the hospital. Various agencies responded to the Cravens’ home that day, including Zionsville EMS and police officers.

The dispatcher told Lori before she hung up the phone, “Lori, you’re doing a great job. Okay. Keep going”.

Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell was at the hospital when Lori and her husband arrived.

“To have those guys come in and to wrap their arms around you and to say let’s pray is pretty amazing,” Lori Cravens said.

Chip does not remember what happened. He is thankful his wife of 34 years was there for him.

“Well, it doesn’t surprise me at all. The Lord blessed me with a fabulous woman. What can I say,” Chip Cravens said.

“I certainly feel blessed with the way it turned out, but to be real honest, it wasn’t scary for me,” Lori Cravens said.

While everyone else may have been scared, Lori immediately relied on her training.

“If you’ve been trained in CPR, but you haven’t kept up on your training, you still know enough to save someone’s life,” Lori Cravens said.

Sheriff Campbell said he wants people to learn from this. He wants them to remember that they can take CPR classes.

“You need to learn how to do CPR ‘cause it may very well be your family member, your husband, your wife, your child that literally falls over in front of you and truly those minutes are life and death,” Campbell said.

Chip is back at work but can’t drive for the next six months.

He credits everyone with saving his life – from his wife to the dispatcher to the crews that responded.

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