Student, professor meet in lifesaving encounter

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – A trip to the races could have been deadly for East Tennessee State University pharmacy professor Charles Collins if circumstances had been slightly different.

Collins was exiting Bristol Motor Speedway in March with a group of family and friends when he collapsed onto the pavement from a massive heart attack.

He doesn’t remember the events of that day or the previous Saturday, but his son later recounted to him the story of the young woman and man who performed CPR on him and saved his life.

Collins said the occurrence has made him an even bigger proponent of mandatory emergency procedures training for students.

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