|Dustin Stockdill (right) stabilizes David Stiffler as Sam Calabrace, CPO (left), evaluates
Stiffler’s gait. Photograph by Chad Means. Originally published in Our Town community newspaper,
David Stiffler’s health crashed suddenly and precipitously on Christmas Day 2008. Stiffler, a resident of Windber, Pennsylvania, suffered a massive heart attack, followed by pneumonia and an aggressive staph infection. To stabilize him and to give his body a chance to heal in a fully quiescent state, doctors put Stiffler in a medically induced coma for two months.