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EXCLUSIVE: Local DJ helps save wedding guest

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DJ Dean Rusch of Rusch Entertainment is used to getting everyone's heart rates up, but over the weekend, he had to jump-start a man's heart.

Rusch said it was the beginning of the night as guests were just starting to groove to the first few songs when a photographer told him there was a medical emergency. A wedding guest named Tony had collapsed.

"They had been looking for two minutes for an automatic defibrillator and the banquet hall had none and nobody had any out of 250 people at the wedding,” Rusch said.

Luckily, Rusch did. It was something he carried as a tennis coach.

Several of the wedding guests, who happened to be doctors and nurses, worked on Tony as Rusch tried to mediate the scene.

A few shocks later, Rusch’s AED ended up saving Tony’s life.

"He sat up and he said to Ryan, 'I'm sorry for ruining your wedding,’” Rusch said. “And nobody thought about it as ruining the party, we just wanted to save this guy and then it ended up being an amazing, just a joyous bash. We partied like no other wedding ever."

Rusch said he’s been a DJ at more than 1,500 weddings, but this was a first. 

While Rusch said he couldn't be more grateful he made that investment in an AED, he said don't call him a hero.

"I just happened to be the right guy at the right place at the right time," Rusch said. "We saved this guy and we did because he already texted me and said, 'Thank you.' Made my day. Made my year."

Rusch spoke with the family and said doctors are still trying to confirm the exact cause.

As of yesterday, he was told Tony should be out of the hospital soon.

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