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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – A woman with no CPR experience, was honored Wednesday after saving her husband’s life during a terrifying heart attack, which happened back in the spring of 2014.

CPR can be a huge life saver especially in emergencies like a heart attack or drowning, and the good news is that anyone can do it.

A wife, who had no experience with CPR, had to do chest compressions on her husband when he had a heart attack. Her act of courage saved his life.

Wednesday morning, the couple, along with the many hands it took to save her husband’s life, were all honored.

The memory of March 11, 2014 still brings tears to Sharon Hayes’ eyes. That was the day she saved her husband’s life.

Jay Hayes doesn’t remember much of that day, but his wife remembers every gut wrenching detail of his heart attack.

“Last thing I remember was she was getting up and I was getting a coffee getting ready to go outside to do some work and boy that was it,” said Jay.

Through CPR, Sharon got Jay to breathe again and also jumpstarted his pulse.

“She saw the bigger picture to keep calm and she did. She did a phenomenal job. I was very impressed with the way she kept calm,” said Blake Wood, a paramedic specialist with the Lee’s Summit Fire Department.

Wood was one of the first on scene that day.

With the worst day behind them, the couple of 34 years started taking daily three mile walks to maintain a healthy heart.