State senator helps save man's life

Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP) -- State Senator Bo Watson is one of three bystanders who helped save a retired surgeon's life after he collapsed.

Dr. Alfred Rogers was in line for a seafood buffet at Fall Creek Falls State Park on June sixth when he went down.

Watson is a physical therapist at Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga. He and two nurses performed C-P-R on the 85-year-old Rogers until park rangers arrived with an automatic defibrillator.

Watson talked with Rogers yesterday at Erlanger Medical Center and told him his volunteer rescuers stepped aside when the professionals arrived and let them get him to a hospital. He told Rogers he then went to his table and had a good dinner on the doctor's behalf.

Rogers laughed and told Watson to send him the bill.

The physician says he's going to have what he called "plumbing work" done on clogged arteries and it looking forward to returning home.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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