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Minnesotan saved by CPR and good teamwork, and more

Howard Snitzer of Goodhue, Minn., owes his life to about two dozen neighbors, who took turns providing CPR until a rescue helicopter arrived.

Minnesotan saved by CPR and good teamwork Howard Snitzer of Goodhue, Minn., owes his life to about two dozen neighbors. When the 54-year-old collapsed on a freezing sidewalk, two car mechanics and a high school teacher ran over to help. For the next 96 minutes, a tag team of more than 25 other people, including volunteer firefighters, took turns performing CPR on Snitzer, until a rescue helicopter could take him to a hospital. Snitzer is expected to make a full recovery. “It’s remarkable,” says Dr. Bruce Wilkoff. “It’s a great example of people doing the right thing and having it work out.”

Bald eagle survives crash through windshieldA young bald eagle has made a miraculous recovery after crashing through the windshield of a semitruck that was traveling at more than 60 mph. Wiegle, short for “Window Eagle,” survived the impact in Bear Lake, Idaho, but suffered internal bleeding. After a month of rehab at the Teton Raptor Center in Wyoming, Wiegle was able to fly, eat, and navigate all on her own, and now has been set free. “This return to the wild qualifies as the most remarkable among our success stories,” said Amy Brennan McCarthey, the center’s executive director.

Letter sent in 1944 finally arrrivesA letter postmarked Aug. 9, 1944, finally found its way to its addressee last week. Camp Roberts, a military facility now used by the California National Guard, inexplicably received a letter postmarked in Montgomery, Ala., and addressed to a Miss R.T. Fletcher at the camp’s American Red Cross Hospital, which was torn down decades ago. Fletcher’s daughter heard about the letter on the news, and realized it had been sent by her late uncle to her mother, who is 90 and lives on the East Coast. After she sent authorities a sample of his handwriting, officials sent her the unopened letter.

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