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Patron’s Life Saved at J. Thomas Lovell Jr. Community Center at Legacy Park

A patron’s life was saved by other patrons and Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation (LSPR) employees at J. Thomas Lovell Jr. Community Center at Legacy Park (LCC) on Monday, August 26.

Jim Daugherty collapsed in the weight room and went into cardiac arrest. Immediately, patrons at LCC and LSPR staff acted, as a member of the staff called 911 while patron, Laura Meyer, performed CPR and patron, Vicki O’Connell, assisted. While CPR was performed, staff members Phillip Stallings and Michaela Luna deployed the AED. The patrons and staff continued to provide support as paramedics arrived and transported Daugherty to the hospital.

On Wednesday, September 18, Luna, Meyers, O’Connell and Stallings attended LSPR’s park board meeting and received the Lifesaving Award for their heroic efforts. Daugherty was also in attendance and got to personally thank them for saving his life on that day.


LSPR trains staff for emergency situations like this with CPR, first aid certifications and an AED at each facility. In addition, first aid and CPR classes are offered to the public through courses with LSPR.

“I’m very proud of our staff and patrons who responded to this serious event and provided the necessary care and support to Mr. Daugherty,” Joe Snook, Administrator at Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation, said. “Having an AED on site and trained staff and patrons made the difference and positively impacted a family.”

First aid and CPR classes can be registered online at LSParks.net or over the phone at 816-969-1500.


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