U-M Fan To Be Honored For Saving Rival Fan’s Life

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – An unsuspecting Michigan fan helped save the life of a Notre Dame fan during the football game at the Big House on September 10.

Trenton dentist Marvin Sonne was enjoying the game when Irish fan Leo Staudacher suffered a heart attack and landed on him. Sonne’s quick CPR helped revive the victim until paramedics arrived.

On Saturday night, Sonne will be honored on the U of M campus with a Lifesaver Award by the American Heart Association. He said he’s humbled by the honor.

“It’s certainly nice to be recognized, but hopefully the greater good will be not that it was me, but that it can be done by anybody. In this case, it just happened to be me and I’m just so grateful that it worked for Mr. Staudacher,” Sonne said.

Staudacher has recovered well and the two of them are planning to meet for the first time in a couple of weeks.

“He is not going to be able to be at this function, so he and I arranged to get together on Friday, November 11 to meet each other. And I know that will be a very emotional time for both of us.”

Sonne urges everyone to learn CPR, just in case you are ever in the middle of an emergency situation.

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