• Dan Adkins, Georgetown News-Graphic

Local man helps save heart attack victim on Georgetown golf course


GEORGETOWN-SCOTT COUNTY Emergency Medical Services Assistant Director Justin Holmes, Left, hands a recognition plaque to Matt Smith of Versailles and prepares to give one to Larry Frost, far right. Smith, Frost, and Randy Kearns performed CPR April 30 on John Flynn, whose wife, Karen, is seen standing between Holmes and Smith. (Photo by Dan Adkins, Georgetown News-Graphic)

What John Flynn remembers is standing at the tee on Canewood Golf Course's first hole, then waking up in an ambulance. What he doesn't remember are three men - Matt Smith, Larry Frost and Randy Kearns - who performed CPR after he suffered a major heart attack. Flynn, 55, of Georgetown, was about to start a round of golf on April 30 with his son, Cameron, when he passed out. "Cameron started yelling, and these three guys at the (nearby) 10th tee box came running," Flynn recounted. Smith, of Versailles, who was playing a round with his girlfriend, picked up the story. "We heard people screaming," Smith said. He and two other men responded and found Flynn laying unresponsive. "I told (one of the other men) to do the breathing and I started the chest compressions," Smith said. Smith, a 2013 Georgetown College graduate, knew cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from his days at GC, where he received the training. He maintained the compressions while Frost and Kearns shared the breathing duty. His girlfriend, Kayla Mohrmann, called 911. A Georgetown-Scott County Emergency Medical Services crew was training nearby and sped to the golf course. "They took over for me," Smith said. The paramedics and EMTs - supervisor Jonathon Wheeler, Joe Mata, Amber Lynn and Andrew Stratton - assumed control of the situation, administering a defibrillator shock and transporting Flynn to Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. Flynn had serious heart blockages that required an emergency triple bypass operation. At Thursday night's Scott County Fiscal Court meeting, GSCEMS Director Brandon Remley and Assistant Director Justin Holmes presented Smith and Frost with plaques recognizing their life-saving actions. Kearns was not present, but also has a plaque waiting. Flynn and his wife Karen thanked the men, who also received gift cards presented by co-workers of Flynn, who is CEO at Vascor Logistics of Georgetown. "I feel good. Lost a few pounds," Flynn said. "These guys saved my life," he added. Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the Georgetown News-Graphic and is used with permission.

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