The family of an Olympia man who was saved by a fellow rider on last weekend’s Seattle to Portland bike ride just wanted to say thanks.
But first, the family had to find her.
Will Treinen, 50, was riding with his wife Sunday outside Vader when he started to feel unwell. He went into cardiac arrest. Treinen’s family believes he survived thanks to a quick-thinking rider who performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
“I have no doubt she saved his life,” his wife, Denise Treinen, told KING-5, which aired a story on the family Thursday. “We really want to thank her, let her know he’s alive and well.”
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The family set out to find the woman, sharing the story on social media and in local news. After the KING-5 story aired, the woman’s parents got in touch with the station, which passed the message onto Treinen’s family.
“This just made my week! Unsure of next steps but at the least now she knows he survived! Have I mentioned? GET CPR CERTIFIED!” Treinen’s daughter Sarah Stewart posted on Facebook, adding the woman is a nurse.
Stewart of Lacey told The Olympian on Friday that her father would need surgery. She said she already exchanged messages with the nurse and is hoping they can meet when Treinen feels better.
Stewart said she wanted to find the woman to say thanks and to let her know she likely saved Treinen’s life. Doctors said he may not have survived without CPR right away.
“He survived and it’s because of you,” Stewart said.