Marion County Law Enforcement Recognized For Saving Woman’s Life


On Wednesday, Governor Tomblin, Delegate Tim Manchin and the Marion County Rescue Squad honored two members of Marion County law enforcement who saved Patti Satterfield’s life.

What seemed like any other day at work, almost turned fatal back in September.

White Hall Police Chief Geno Guerrieri heard on the scanner she went into cardiac arrest. He turned his car around to go perform CPR.

“I was telling her the whole time ‘come on you can do this, you can do this’ and just looking at her like ‘man, am I doing this right?’ and all these thoughts are going through my head,” said Chief Guerrieri.

Deputy David Forsyth responded as back-up. Together, they worked for about 30 minutes to revive her.

“I’m happy that I was able to do my job and to do it correctly and that I was able to save her life or help save her life,” said Deputy David Forsyth of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

Chief Guerrieri said it is second nature to do everything they can to help.

“It makes me feel good because that’s the one thing about police work; we’re out there to protect and serve no matter what the situation is, whether good or bad,” Guerrieri said.

They both agree, everyone should know how to perform CPR.

“You may be the first responder and you may have to do what needs to be done until personnel can get on scene to help so I think everyone should be certified in CPR,” Forsyth said.

Patti said she had no warning signs, but she now knows how to better manage her stress and live in the moment.

“The little things that you take for granted, I don’t take for granted anymore. I appreciate everything,” Satterfield said.

On Wednesday, she was happy to simply say thank you.

“My sons and my husband got me this bracelet for Christmas and it says ‘completely blessed’,” Satterfield said. “That pretty much sums it up.”

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