In John 15:13, the Bible says, " Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." This week that is exactly what a man did for his wife in Washington State. A husband literally laid down his life in an attempt to rescue his wife.
A man who was only 61 years old tried to resuscitate his wife only 59, after he called 911 to report that she appeared dead-he said she had collapsed first, wasn't breathing, and had no pulse.
While the dispatcher was on the phone talking and asking the man questions and reassuring him help was on the way, the call went silent, said a spokesman with the Clallam County's Office.
Only eight minutes later, the fire department arrived. With them was a member of the Lower Elwha Tribal Police. As they walked up to the house they noted it was completely dark and locked-only a TV was on in a back room.
After unsuccessfully trying to open the door, firefighters went to the back door only to find it was also locked. That is when they saw the couple on the floor.
The police and rescuers furiously attempted to revive the couple for 40 minutes, but it was no use-both did not respond.
The scene took place in Joyce, Washington, USA on the Olympic Peninsula on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.
The Clallam County sheriff's office said they found the man slumped over her body which looked like he had been trying to administer CPR on her.
The Peninsula Daily News said the deaths appeared to be from natural causes and any crime had been ruled out. It is suspected the man died from a heart attack.
"This was just a tragic event," the spokesman said.
Leonard Pierce, owner of the Joyce General Store, said they had just moved to Joyce and built a new home.
"It's terrible," he said.
The couple's names are Charles and Geraldine Lorme. Geraldine died the same week as Geraldine Ferarro.