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By Courtesy of Watkins family
BY STEVE LEVIN Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Eryn Watkins doesn't remember anything -- not passing out at her job, not losing her pulse for eight minutes, not the CPR performed by Fresno police and not the defibrillator.
But 11 months after three Fresno police saved her life, she got the chance Tuesday to not only meet them, but hang a medal around the necks of two of them.
Watkins, 22, of southwest Bakersfield, presented Fresno Police Department Lifesaving Medals to Officers Gregory Catton and David Miramontes during a ceremony at the Fresno City Council Chambers. The third officer was not present.
"I was excited to meet them and for them to see me when I was feeling good," said Watkins, a student at Taft College who also works as a teller with Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.
Watkins said the officers related to her the events of Oct. 13, when the sales associate passed out behind a register at Macy's Men in Fresno's Fashion Fair Mall.
Officers found her not breathing and without a pulse. Catton and a second officer performed CPR and rescue breathing for nearly eight minutes while Catton prepared a defibrillator.
Watkins' pulse returned before emergency personnel transported her to a local hospital. Doctors told her she'd had a heart attack, and a pacemaker was installed.
A week afterward, she said, she felt great.
Watkins attended Tuesday's ceremony with her mother, Natalia, and several friends..
"Today I feel even better," she said.