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Gene Mann and his family recognized those who saved his life Oct. 31. Pictured, from left, are Gene’s daughter Shayna Mann, Michelle Martinez, Gene Mann, Dan Pfeffer and Hastings Fire Department paramedics Tom Murray, Dean Suchy and Mark Knoll. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)

Saved by a stranger: Hastings man is alive thanks to nurse’s actions

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Gene Mann doesn’t remember Oct. 31, but he’ll never forget what happened that day. It was the day he almost died.

Mann, a Hastings resident, was driving a semi-trailer down Vermillion Street early in the morning when he went into cardiac arrest. Behind him, Dan Pfeffer of Welch was driving his pickup and noticed that the semi had its turn signal on for the Con Agra mill, but drove past both driveways.


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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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