3 SUU students save professors life

Published on September 11, 2013 at 12:31PM


It seemed to be just a normal day for three students attending Southern Utah University. That is until a professor had a heart attack. 63-year-old Joe Baker was just finishing his noon run back on August 27 when he had a heart attack. Jake Probert who was studying at the time said he thought he heard a body hit the ground and then heard a university employee yell for someone to call 911. Probert said he looked over the balcony and saw Baker lying motionless on the ground. He knew he needed to get to him to help as soon as he could. When he arrived he checked for vital signs and then began doing CPR. Then help came as Ryan Fowles walked around the corner and saw what was going on. The two then worked together to continue the CPR. Fowles said he hadn’t had a class on CPR since he was 11-years-old. But just days earlier his brother-in-law taught him a few things he had learned from a class he had recently taken. Fowles knew it was all more than just a coincidence. Jared Wenn was the third student involved in the incident. He was just eating lunch with his wife when he felt to turn on his pager since he works on the ambulance. He then found out over the radio what was going on. Since he lives nearby he was able to rush over and help the other two. Professor baker later said, “they saved my life, there’s no doubt about it that they have saved my life.”