Superior man meets people who saved his life

By KBJR News 1

March 11, 2014 Updated Mar 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - On the night of one of the biggest snow storms this year a scary situation unfolded in the back roads of rural Superior.

A man suffering a severe heart attack, got stuck in the snow.
His wife called frantically for an ambulance but with near impassable roads the odds were against them.

The snowstorm of February 21st dropped more than a foot of snow on the Northland, halting traffic and stranding those who needed to be on the move.

"The roads were horrible. It was tough to get there, even driving myself to work and then when I got there, the roads were pretty impassable," said Craig Plummer, Douglas County equipment operator.

Around 1:30 that morning, Bob Benson began having severe chest pains. His wife, Sue, who is a nurse knew it was a heart attack and tried to drive him to the hospital but got stuck in their driveway. She then called an ambulance and began to frantically snowblow.

But the ambulance also got stuck and was unable to negotiate the driveway.

That's when Craig Plummer, a snowplow driver for Douglas County showed up.

"When I hooked up with the first responders I followed the fire truck up, and went into Highway B where the patient was and plowed it all out because the ambulance couldn't make it back there," said Plummer.

Plummer went into work an hour earlier that night, and doctors credit that, along with his quick response, for Bob's survival.

"It's kind of a miracle that I was there that early. It's a good thing because it all worked out good," said Plummer.

Once in the ambulance, Paramedics started an E-C-G on Benson and determined that he was having a STEMI heart attack- most often called the "widow maker".

"The computer does an interpretation of it and we have to do an interpretation of it and if we both agree that's when call a STEMI alert and activate the CATH lab so they are ready when we show up," said Tony Boespflug, Gold Cross paramedic.

It took an entire team of people, from the 9-1-1 dispatcher to the Town of Superior Volunteer Fire Department to the interventional cardiologists to save Benson's life that night.

On Tuesday, for the first time, Benson met the people who saved his life.

"A lot of things came together. I think our guardian angels were all flying kind of low and fast that night," said Sue Benson, Bob's wife.

Benson says he has more to do on this earth and is forever grateful for the team who saved him.

"Thank you. What can you say, you know?"

"Thank you from the bottom of Bob's heart, to the top of mine because he wouldn't be here otherwise."

Bob was discharged from hospital on Tuesday.

Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com