Heroes honored for saving driver who suffered heart attack

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A woman suffered a heart attack behind the wheel earlier this week and three Good Samaritans were honored for helping to save her life. (WPVI)

It was this past Tuesday when a woman suffered a heart attack behind the wheel and drove her car into Cobbs Creek in Southwest Philadelphia.

The victim, Cheryl Allison, is still in the hospital, but three Good Samaritans were honored for helping to save her.

Nearly 350 people from across the country gathered at the Clarion Hotel in Essington for a line dancing convention.

Organizers say had it not been for the efforts of three men, they may have been mourning the loss of one of their own, instead of celebrating their annual gala.

60-year-old Allison is like the heart and soul of the Parkside line dancing community. She is also a big part of the line dancing convention.

In an unexpected twist earlier this week, Allison suffered a massive heart attack at Greenway Avenue and Cobbs Creek Parkway.

She lost control of her SUV which plunged into the murky waters of Cobbs Creek. The vehicle landed upside down.

Three men, who were passing by, Marcel Porter, Kenneth Gibson and Taron Green, quickly jumped into action, pulling Allison, who was unconscious, out the wreckage.

"I didn't know if she was alive or had an air pocket. I just flipped into rescue mode," said Porter.

The men had no idea how to perform CPR but tried to do what they had seen on TV but it was to no avail.

They initially decided to give up but opted to try another time and it worked.

"She just came to and we were just happy that she came too" said Porter.

"Just to see other folks help one of our own, it touched us a lot so we had to find them just to say 'Thank you,' if nothing else just to say, 'Thank you,' said Hasson Rahim, convention organizer.

Although Allison remains in stable but critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she is expected to pull through.

For the trio that helped save her, that's wonderful news.

"I'm overwhelmed by the home situation. I still haven't gotten any sleep or eaten anything yet. I'm just happy that we're here at the same place, all for the same cause," said Porter.
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