York deputy, dispatcher, rescued man go to New York for Today Show after Virginia Gazette story

Staff Writer

After a Virginia Gazette story was published Sept. 13, New York City television producers were on the line with York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office officials to schedule an interview with a dispatcher who taught CPR during a 911 call with a man’s daughter after he suffered a heart attack .

On Sept. 6, York County resident Jim Hill survived a massive heart attack in his home after emergency dispatcher Sara Mattingly taught the man’s daughter, Rebecca Hill, how to perform CPR over the phone.

Soon after, deputy Kalyn Hall arrived at the home and took over CPR until medics arrived.

The Megyn Kelly Show first stepped up to produce a segment on the incident, according to York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shelley Ward.

But after Kelly’s show was canceled,

producers with The Today Show reached out to the sheriff’s office to schedule a segment that aired Monday, according to Ward.

In the show, Jim Hill said his father suffered a heart attack when he was in his late 40s. Hill said he tried to keep healthy but hadn’t felt well for the past few months, he said in the show.

“His lips were blue and his eyes were starting to bulge,” Rebecca Hill said of her father on the show. That’s when she dialed 911 and Mattingly walked her through how to perform CPR and save her father’s life.

“At the time, I didn’t even think I had my father’s life in my hands,” Rebecca Hill said in the segment. “I was just thinking he’s sick. Something’s wrong.”

“I went upstairs to lay down and two days later I was in the hospital,” Jim Hill said in the segment.

When Hall arrived at the scene, he told Rebecca Hill she’d been performing the CPR incorrectly, but somehow it had kept her father alive, she said.

That’s when the Today Show brought the dispatcher and the deputy to the show to meet Rebecca and Jim Hill for the first time.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Jim Hill said. “I don’t think I can possibly express how grateful I am for you guys being the consummate professionals that you are.”

Mattingly wiped away tears as she met the man she helped save.

“I was hoping I wouldn’t cry but I can’t help it.”

See and read it again

Watch the full Today Show spot at on.today.com/2EX4bug.

Read The Virginia Gazette story that spurred segment at bit.ly/2CWQ1H2.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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