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- February 20, 2006
- Vol. 65
- No. 7
Two Great Saves
Seven Years After Nurse Penny Brown Saved His Life, 17-Year-Old Kevin Stephan Returns the Favor
Or incredible good fortune, anyway. In July 1999 Brown—an intensive-care nurse—got an unexpected night off and was able to attend her son's Little League baseball game. During the game, she watched in horror as Kevin, then 11 and a batboy, fell face first into the dirt after being hit in the chest with a baseball bat. Rushing down from the stands as Kevin's terrified parents looked on, Brown pounded Kevin's chest and, getting no response, started CPR. Kevin came to.
As he grew up, Kevin honed his own first-aid skills, first as a Boy Scout and then as a junior firefighter for Bowmansville's volunteer department. Now—busy with college applications and plans to continue as a firefighter, the third generation in his family—he dismisses talk of being a hero. But Brown says all the attention is well-deserved. "This," she says, "is an experience neither of us will ever forget."
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