Save Date: November 30, 2007
It was Friday, November 30. I was at work as a firefighter at Station #7. around 3:00 pm a call came in for a structure fire with possible victims inside. On the way we could see a large dark column of smoke coming up over the treeline. We knew this was no false alarm. I don't even remember getting off of the truck, just being inside with lots of fire. The next memory I have is waking up in the E.R. not having any clue what happened. Very confused and disoriented. There were firefighters filling the E.R. My own crew had pulled me out of the house and defibrillated me in the front yard. Due to having 10 medics there already, I had the best care possible from the very beginning. I was doing so well that they weren't going to send me to the cath lab until Monday, but the occupant of the house had also suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack), so the team was already there. Turns out I had a 99 percent blockage of a major artery (LAD). My arrest is commonly referred to as "the widowmaker." It has been almost one year and I am feeling better than I have in quite a while. I have been back at work for six months and most people still have a hard time keeping pace with this "old guy."