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Jogger searches for unknown man who helped save his life

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The search is on for a man who helped save the life of a jogger at a Gwinnett County park.

After nine days in the cardiac wing at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Eric Linkowski happily went home Thursday afternoon.

The 38-year old Linkowski collapsed from a massive heart attack on June 24 at the start of a trail he jogs all the time at Little Mulberry Park.

"I don't remember a thing. The only thing I remember about that day is pulling into the parking lot," Linkowski told CBS46 reporter Donna Rapado. "Just another day. I just thought it was hot."

Linkowski's mom, Margaret Linkowski, says when paramedics arrived her son was clinically dead and had no pulse. They had to jolt his heart three times with a defibrillator.

But it was two men's quick actions before medics arrived that helped save Linkowski's life. First an unknown man did CPR.

Then another man, now known to be 22-year old Paul Cobb of Dacula, started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Cobb was finishing his own jog when he noticed the first man kneeling over Linkowski and compressing his chest.

"I can't even describe what I felt. Awful. Terrible. Terrible situation," described Margaret Linkowski. "But we're determined to find this fella. We're determined…'cause he's a hero! He's his angel!"

Margaret Linkowski posted signs along the trail, hoping to find the "angel" and "hero" who helped keep her son alive.

"It takes a lot of guts to do something like that," said Eric Linkowski, referring to the idea that few people lend a helping hand anymore when they see someone in distress. "He saved my life! I'm happy about that! Gave me a second chance at life. I just know I'm appreciating everything that's going on around me now and moving forward."

The Linkowski's hope the first unknown man who helped, the one that administered CPR, will see the signs and call them so they can thank him.

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