Local teen reunites with first responders who saved her life

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A local teen was reunited with the first responders who may have saved her life.

Last month, a mother emailed WAVY saying her 14-year-old went into cardiac arrest while playing soccer in Chesapeake. Both parents say their daughter dropped and they started panicking.

“She was playing soccer,” said mother Pattie Dicketrson. “It was the last-minute of the game, I saw her run after the ball, and she never came back. My heart just dropped. I was running across the field, dad was running across the field.”

The girl’s father Cardell Dickerson said, “It’s unbelievable, it’s a parent’s worst nightmare, but she was in good hands. The lord was there and these three young men were there and they prevailed.”

Everyone involved got together at Fire Station Number 5 on Hanbury Road in the Great Bridge area. Coaches, family members — and even the victim herself — say they cannot believe she’s alive.

“During the course of CPR we would get her back. She would do a shallow breath and then she would go out again,” said Norfolk Police Department Officer AJ Stevenson.

Arianna Dickerson said, “I really don’t remember anything that happened, but I want to say thank you to all y’all because I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for y’all.”

Dickerson’s family thanked her heroes as well, but her rescuers say they were just doing their job.

“I attribute it to number one the early intervention by bystanders and the outstanding job our crews did,” said Chesapeake Fire Department Battalion.

The Dickersons say Arianna never had a heart problem before the game and they’re thankful she’s alive.

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