Ga. family searches for stranger who saved man's life

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County family is looking for a mystery man who saved their son's life at a county park.

"Whoever came to my rescue, you know, did one heck of a job to keep me alive until the paramedics came," Eric Linkowski told 11Alive on Thursday.

Eric and his mother have launched a public search for that man who saved his life.

The 38-year-old former college and minor league hockey player doesn't remember much about it. He had just begun jogging at Gwinnett County's Little Mulberry Park on June 24 when he collapsed.

It turned out he'd suffered a massive heart attack, which kept him hospitalized at Gwinnett Medical Center for the past nine days.

Witnesses say two men came to his aide at the isolated park. One was an off-duty lifeguard, who gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, after another man who'd already begun CPR and kept at it until an ambulance arrived.

Then the second man vanished.

"I'd like to say, 'Thank you', hug 'em and shake their hand," Eric told 11Alive.

"They're angels, they're heroes, I mean that man didn't have to keep doing that CPR as long as he did," said Eric's mother, Margaret.

She managed to track down the off-duty lifeguard, Paul Cobb.

But now she's put up flyers at Little Mulberry Park to try and find the second man who vanished, a man who witnesses say didn't speak English.

"He's an Hispanic man, he's in his 30's and I just wish he comes forward 'cause we really, really would like to meet him," Margaret told 11 Alive.

While the Linkowski's continue their search for the mystery hero, they also believe someone else had a hand in what happened.

"God was with him the whole time," said Margaret, "We believe that, oh yeah, he had a lot of angels looking out for him."

Margaret Linkowski is asking anyone who may know the mystery hero to call her at: 203-300-9201.


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