Willenborg is a supervisor at Anamet Electric in Mattoon, but isn’t sure when he will return to work, though he does have a check-up at the end of the month.
Willenborg said before the celebration Tuesday he was a little nervous.
“I’m not used to this type of stuff,” he said. “Any gift that we give her is not going to be adequate.”
Armstrong, who grew up as Jo Ellen Dust in the Green Creek community north of Effingham, said she kept up with Willenborg’s progress through his sister. She said March 6 was the first time she’d ever performed CPR in public on someone she didn’t know.
“I was on an adrenaline rush all day after it happened,” she said.
Armstrong said she was able to use the event as a teaching moment for three Health Oc students.
“We had three students in the ER on rotation, so they were able to see how a life is saved,” she said.
Armstrong graduated from Teutopolis High School. She received her LPN training at Lake Land College, before attending Olney Central College for her RN training.
A nurse for 25 years, Armstrong is completing her 17th year as one of the three Health Oc instructors.
Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or firstname.lastname@example.org.