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Dispatchers help save life of Richmond man

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

 

A Richmond man met the people responsible for saving his life Wednesday.

Michael Snyder Jr was only 27-years-old when he suffered a heart attack. His family rushed into action, calling 911. The Richmond Ambulance Authority dispatchers talked his family through CPR, in a technique called chain of survival.

 

The coaching kept Snyder alive long enough for ambulance crews to rush him to the hospital.

"They told me that he was unconscious and that his breathing wasn't effective. From that point forward we forego anything in particular and begin to perform CPR," said dispatcher Travis Gortney.

Snyder is most thankful for the efforts of his family and dispatchers, because it means he gets more time with his daughter who is now just two-years-old.

"It's amazing, it's amazing to see how many people it took to make this go right and without one of them, it would've never worked," said Snyder Jr. "I look at life totally different. I'm just so thankful for getting a second chance at life."

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