York-Poquoson first responders get recognized on ‘Today Show’ for saving a life


NEW YORK (WAVY) — Two local first responders got national attention for saving a life with an appearance on “The Today Show.” 

About 2 months ago, Rebecca Hill was home alone with her father, Jim, when he suffered a massive heart attack. 

That’s when she dialed 911. 

On the other end of the line, dispatcher  Sara Mattingly talked her through doing CPR until help arrived. 

“She was so calm about it,” Hill said. “She said ‘OK you need to start CPR.’ And I was never trained on CPR.

“I’m gonna count for you OK? Are you ready? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,” Mattingly said.

Help came from York-Poquoson Deputy Kalyn Hall, who used a defibrillator to help get Jim’s heart beating again.

The group met for the first time Monday on the show. 

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