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Army gives awards to civilian first responders

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Officer Todd Matti Officer Todd Matti
Chief Larry Naser receiving his award Chief Larry Naser receiving his award
Wyatt Bean's parents Wyatt Bean's parents

BRANDENBURG, KY (WAVE) - The U.S. Army awarded Civilian Awards for Humanitarian Services to two Brandenburg, Kentucky first responders whose quick thinking and technical skills saved the life of a 17 year old in cardiac arrest.

In a ceremony Thursday morning at the Meade County Fire Department, Brig. Gen. Margarett Barnes awarded Officer Todd Matti of the Brandenburg Police Department and Chief Larry Naser of the Meade County Fire Protection District with the awards.

On August 29, 2012, Wyatt Bean collapsed onto a teammate at Meade County High School during track practice and went into cardiac arrest.

"Everyone was like ‘Bean get up! Bean get up!' because I am a jokester," Wyatt said. "Then my whole body started shaking, and my ankles were caught under the fence, and so my teammates started holding me down."

Naser arrived on the scene moments later and shocked Wyatt's heart with an Automatic External Defibrillator until a helicopter arrived to take him to University Hospital.

Justin Bean, Wyatt's father, recalls the anxiety after receiving the phone call that his son had gone into cardiac arrest.

"When we got to the truck we had no idea [what happened], we just knew he was down," said the Justin Bean. "It was the worst feeling in the world you can imagine."

Wyatt was fortunate when he fell he didn't hit his head the wrong way. He suffers from a cyst that can kill him instantly.

"I actually have an arachnoids cyst on the left side of my brain and I can actually die, like permanently, I wouldn't come back from that one if it were to rupture," said Wyatt. "I have a major vein that runs right in the middle of it and if it were to rupture I would bleed out from the brain."

Justin Bean, a former soldier, said he's thrilled the Army recognized the men who saved his son.

"I didn't know how much recognition we were going to get but it's humbling," said Officer Hatti.

Doctors are still unsure what caused Wyatt to go into cardiac arrest, but id determine it was not hereditary. Wyatt was given an internal defibrillator.

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