Police officers are often the first on the scene in an emergency. Their job is stressful, and when they’re on their free time, they like to keep things drama-free.
Davis County, Utah, sheriff’s deputy Steve Lewis was out for an afternoon jog on December 29 last year when he suffered an unexpected medical problem. The 46-year-old spends most of his days saving the lives of others, but suddenly he was the one who needed help.
Lewis went into cardiac arrest while out on an afternoon jog. Without swift intervention, his chances of survival were slim.
Lewis only managed to get a few hundred yards from his front door before crumpling to the ground. He doesn’t recall much from the episode, but is told he owes his life to four heroic women.
“And honestly, that’s the last thing I remember. A few hundred yards from my house, I went down and I lost four days,” he said.
Shortly after Lewis stopped breathing, a mother and daughter duo driving by noticed him laying motionless on the sidewalk.
“I said, ‘Monica, I think there’s a guy over on the sidewalk,'” Nancy Mikkelson, who was the first to spot Lewis told KSL. “And I saw this cute man and his sweet face and I could tell he was a good person. He was discolored.”
The two women pulled their car over to check on the Lewis, and after realizing he was in desperate need of help, put their CPR training to work.
As Mikkelson checked Lewis’s airways, two more good Samaritans approached. Incredibly, all four women knew CPR.
“I have to say it was a calling,” Elise Griggs told FOX 13. “Something just told me that I needed to stop and help out.”
All four women took turns trying to bring Lewis back to life as they waited for the ambulance to arrive. They also kept track of his vitals, and relayed that information to paramedics who arrived on the scene.
“[I’m alive] because of these ladies who stopped for me, a stranger. It’s got nothing to do with me being a deputy, they had no idea I was a public servant,” Lewis said. “It’s a miracle for me.”
Perhaps even more grateful than Lewis was his wife, who shudders at the thought of becoming a widow had these four women not stepped in and helped.
“You especially saved my life. As I held his hand and watched these angel women administer CPR and assist Steve on the sidewalk that day, I pleaded for him to fight and stay with me,” Lewis’s wife Susan told KSL.
“I pleaded because of how treasured our life is and how cherished our love is,” Susan said while trying to fight back tears. “I only wanted more [time with him]. More precious time to share with my Stevie. And you all gave me that.”
The Davis County Sheriff’s Office awarded the four women with the Citizen’s Award for lifesaving.
Officer Lewis is back at work and patrolling the streets again, and he owes it all to the four women who saved his life. Anne Olsen, Monica Deis, Nancy Mikkelson, and Elise Griggs, along with the paramedics who responded, were honored at the Davis County police station on April 11.
Olsen, Deis, Mikkelson, and Griggs will also be awarded medals at the annual Davis County sheriff’s gala later this year.
“I’m excited to be here and be alive,” Lewis said. “I don’t know that I want to be celebrated. But I think the story itself should be celebrated.”