Lewandoski’s Market in GR gets AED after owner helped save life

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids art icon Fred Bivins almost died recently while stopping by a local meat market.

It was the actions of Gary Szotko, the owner of Lewandoski’s Market, that ultimately saved his life. When Bivins collapsed while standing at the cash register, Szotko, a retired Grand Rapids deputy fire chief, started CPR and successfully helped save the 71-year-old’s life.

“The rest of my life is a bonus. I’m only here because of Gary and everybody who followed,” Bivins said.

The long-time face of Grand Rapids’ Festival of the Arts and other local contributors have now purchased an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) for Lewandoski’s Market, Mitten Foundation, Inc. said in a Facebook post.

“It is our hope that the more AEDs there are in local businesses, the more lives will be saved,” the nonprofit said in the Facebook post.

A photo shows a giant check written out to Lewandoski’s.

“For saving lives!” the check memo line reads.

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