Man seeks out Fire & EMS to say thank you

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Richmond Fire and EMS go the extra mile to revive a man, under cardiac arrest. They never gave up and now, four months later, he gets to thank the people who saved his life.

The distant sound of the siren has Joseph Johnson thinking about what the men and women of Station 13 must have been going through trying to save his life.

On July 7, these firefighters and paramedics responded to a call at a local rehab center. When they got there, police were already hard at work giving him chest compressions.

"He was not breathing, his heart was not beating," said Damien Coy with Richmond Fire and EMS. "He was dying and or dead."

After trying the usual procedure, these guys decided to try something a bit different – something unique to Richmond.

"It's a special protocol we have in Richmond that allows us to give iced saline through an IV line, and it actually helps bring the core temperature of the body down," Coy said.

That special technique – said to be effective for someone who is experiencing cardiac arrest – saved Johnson's life.

Four months later, Johnson is here at Station 13 to say thanks.

"It was a beautiful feeling, to put my arm around them and tell them thank you," Johnson said.

"Few things are as dynamic as being able to see a cardiac arrest victim upright, walking, talking, able to enjoy their life, that's something huge for us," Coy said.

"I know God put them there for me and I love them today and that's the way it's always going to be for letting me walk up to see another day," Johnson said.

On Saturday, the men and women who helped save Johnson's life were honored with life saving ribbons.

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