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Gaston Co. 911 dispatcher credited with helping to save life over the phone

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A Gaston County Police 911 dispatcher is credited with helping save the life of a person by talking the 911 caller through CPR.

A woman, who was noticeably upset in the 911 call audio, called 911 to report that a friend was unconscious and not breathing on Thursday at 3:13 a.m., according to the release from the Gaston County Police.

Krystal Peninger took the call at the 911 Communications Center but the call connection was lost as soon as she verified where the call was coming from.

Peninger entered the call as a cardiac arrest and dispatched emergency crews while attempting to regain contact with the caller.

She was able to successfully re-contact the caller and directed the woman on how to administer CPR.  

Peninger continued CPR instructions, while attempting to encourage and calm the caller until help arrived.

Gaston County Police Sgt. F.C. Reynolds was first to arrive on the scene and took over performing CPR on the patient.

Due to Peninger and Sergeant Reynolds' actions the patient regained consciousness, had a pulse, and was breathing on their own before being transported to Caromont Regional Medical Center.

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