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Mom reunites with man who brought her back to life

Mom Reunited With Man Who Saved Her Life

RENTON, Wash. - Sara Clerget and her family are huge Seahawks fans. She, her mom and sister ran the team's 12K race on April 13, but when she crossed the finish line, her heart stopped, Q13FOX reports.

"I felt fine, but the second I stopped that's when I started to feel super, super dizzy," Clerget said Wednesday.

The 35-year-old mother of two young boys had gone into cardiac arrest.

"Coming to grips with what happened, it's still surreal, you can't fathom - I died, I died for two minutes," she said.

Clerget was very lucky that day, because Kittitas County sheriff's deputy Chuck Berg and his wife also ran the race. He teaches Advanced CPR and was able to save Clerget's life.

"Me and my wife had just finished the 12K and we kind of high-five'd and my wife actually noticed it first," Berg said. "She brought the lady to my attention. I looked over there and saw that she collapsed so we went over there immediately, got down and ended up checking on her and could see she's in cardiac arrest."

Near the finish line in Renton on Wednesday, he surprised Clerget with a visit.

"I was dead and he saw me laying there, he knew that I had no pulse and knew that I had no pulse, immediately did what he knew to do. I mean I can't thank him enough."

Clerget and her family had been in touch with Berg through social media but had not met him again in person to thank him until Wednesday.

Sara's mom, Julie McKee, was especially moved to tears.

She had watched as Berg worked on her daughter.

"They said, 'She's taking a breath.' It's like you gave my life back to me, so thank you, I can't ever thank you enough," McKee told Berg as she hugged him.

Clerget has a defibrillator and is doing well now.

She and Berg plan to run the race together next year and to use what she went through to urge others to get CPR training.

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Owen May 16 2014 at 6:59 AM

wonderful story.............I"m surprised the libs arent trying to take credit, for it!!

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Donna Sullivan May 15 2014 at 6:06 PM

Oh I just love miracles

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rsta990517 Donna Sullivan May 15 2014 at 9:40 PM

How is this a miracle? Woman drops from cardiac arrest, man performs CPR and saves her life. His training saved her not your fairytale god.

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caveat1983 rsta990517 May 16 2014 at 1:50 AM

God put the man there!

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Debbie May 15 2014 at 6:02 PM

I am so happy Sarra is now doing great and with her family and friends...and thanks to Chuck for saving her. May God watch over him and karra's family

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zeek714 May 15 2014 at 5:53 PM

Of the month!!! Mr. Berg deserves of the year.. I too have done the same but only here in Norfolk Virginia I was arrested by a Norfolk police officer Said I was in the wrong.. I told him to K M A. Had to go to jail but won in court. He lost his job...

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henry_bevis zeek714 May 15 2014 at 6:54 PM


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clarke2689 May 15 2014 at 5:33 PM

I am so thankful this fine young deputy saved her life. God bless him!

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alspoolhall May 15 2014 at 5:30 PM

Sara, I am so happy that you are okay and that Mr. Berg was there to help you. Love and much happiness to both of you and yours.

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Marie May 15 2014 at 5:27 PM

That is so great He really is a hero .

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ritaree May 15 2014 at 4:40 PM

CPR one of the easiest things to learn....

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franpera0121 May 15 2014 at 4:07 PM

It's so nice to see people helping out when someone is in need. The human spirit is just amazing. I was in a bad accident many years ago, and a complete stranger named Julie (can't believe I still remember her name) held me up until an ambulance arrived. It was a bus accident. Good Bless the special people in this world.

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flip33732 May 15 2014 at 4:00 PM

It's great to read a story like this. Too many times the media doesn't cover things like this because it doesn't get the ratings that they get when a cop does the wrong thing.

Good work and job well done deputy Berg

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