SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Dave Schroeder never dreamed his morning surfing would end with him in the hospital and on the six o’clock news, but thanks to attempted CPR from his friend, Schroeder can tell his story. 

CPR is one of the most important skills you can learn. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, a person in cardiac arrest who receives CPR from a bystander is twice as likely to be alive a month later than someone who did not.

“It’s a miracle, it really is, and I am blessed beyond belief to still be standing here, to go back out and surf with my friends and be able to take my kids to school in the morning,” said Schroeder.

Schroeder and his buddy, Jesse Hindman, were coming in from an hour of surfing. When Hindman saw Schroeder collapse on the rocks and get washed back into the surf. Hindman got to him in just a couple of minutes and started giving rescue breaths, even though he doesn’t know CPR.

“I’m basically sitting there waist high in water with him and there’s nothing else I could really think of than try to do that,” Hindman said.

Officer Matt Alvernaz with the San Diego Police Department and his partner happened to be a block away and were there in less than two minutes to help bystanders pull Schroeder out of the waves….