A lot of things had to go right for retired Chehalis Fire Department Chief Bill Nacht to still be around today.
His friend Ed Sylvia had to give him a call, telling Nacht to wait for him at Linda’s Fish and Chips in South Bend so they could ride their motorcycles to the coast together. Nacht was planning on taking the trip alone. If he had, he would have likely been all alone somewhere out on the road when he went into cardiac arrest.
Larry Beatty, the food trailer’s co-owner, had to know CPR.
The Raymond Fire Department also had to respond quickly.
“Who’d have thought I’d have to go to South Bend to survive such an event?” asked Nacht — very much alive and well.
Last week, a contingent of the Chehalis Fire Department went to a Raymond City Council meeting with plaques in tow, and presented the awards to the quick-acting fire department EMTs and citizens whose actions kept Nacht alive and onto the path of a full recovery.