CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ashley Spencer said she’s lucky to be alive after suffering an asthma attack on Tuesday at Cleveland City Hall.
“I was taking my inhaler and it wasn’t working," she said. “Within a matter of seconds, I went down for the count and they couldn’t find a pulse.”
Cleveland Police Officer Taylor Bohlen performed CPR and saved her life, and even visited her in the hospital to make sure she was OK.
“From prior work experience and the training I received from the department it was, just, we were just lucky and want to be in the right place at the right time," said Bohlen.
On Thursday morning, Ashley honored him with flowers and a certificate, to show her appreciation.
Ironically, the day Ashley collapsed, she too was working to save other peoples’ lives.
On Tuesday Ashley met with Senator Rob Portman’s office about the shortage of auto-injectors, commonly known as EpiPens.
“You don’t realize how much you rely on something until you don’t have it," she said.
She suffers from an auto-immune disease and spent three weeks without her epinephrine, prior to Tuesday’s asthma attack.
“Any way I can advocate now, not just for my disease but for others, I will got out of my way to do it,” she said.