Everyday heroes honored for saving Sharon man’s life

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SHARON, Pa. (WYTV) – A Mercer County dispatcher and Sharon police officer were honored Thursday for their quick action in saving a man’s life.

On October 14, Brett Sterling went into cardiac arrest.

His teenage daughter performed CPR, guided by dispatcher Deborah Hartman, until help arrived.

“We discovered that he was not breathing and we started CPR instruction until the officer arrived,” Hartman said.

Officer Jeoffrey Ballard was the first person on the scene.

“His daughter was on the phone with 911. She had the phone on speaker phone and she was doing CPR to her father when I first arrived,” he said. “The AED, after analyzing him, advised that it was going to shock him, which doesn’t happen too often but it also is a good sign.”

Sharon Police Chief Gerald Smith honored Ballard and Hartman Thursday night for their heroic actions on a day that changed the Sterling family’s lives forever.

“It’s because of these tools we were able to provide these life-saving measures, that Mr. Sterling is here with his family tonight,” Smith said.

Being a hero isn’t even on the short list of how the two describe themselves, though. They say they were simply doing their jobs.

“This is something that we do on a daily basis. A lot of times we’re the forgotten part of the chain of life,” Hartman said.

Ballard says he doesn’t do it for the recognition.

“It’s to see his family, see his wife, the way she thanked me when they were putting her husband into the ambulance. I mean, that’s a lot more than any of this could be.”

The Sharon Police Department just purchased 12 new AEDs, one of which saved Sterling’s life, thanks to a donation from four local businesses.

The City of Sharon named November 7 “Officer Jeoffrey Ballard Day” and November 9 “Deborah Hartman Day” in honor of their heroic work.