Heart attacks and cardiac arrests can happen to anyone, as a young Glendale firefighter found out. Lucky for him, he had friends around him who know what to do.
It's hard to believe this fit 37-year-old firefighter and father of two could have a cardiac arrest. But Mike Patten did last year.
"For me to be here is on them and it is a miracle," says Mike Patten.
Mike works out of a helicopter at Glendale airport -- the same helicopter picked him up that day when he was in so much trouble.
He must have had a halo over him because his best friends and fellow firefighters saved his life.
Mike and his firefighter friends were coming back from a California skiing trip. They stopped for gas in Tonopah when it happened.
"Mike got out, he was pumping gas, a couple minutes we heard a thump. Thought he was messing with us as usual," says TJ Drescher, Glendale firefighter.
Mike is healthy today, but he was barely breathing and had a weak pulse. After the cardiac arrest fellow firefighter TJ started hands only CPR right away, pushing hard and fast in the center of Mike's chest.
"Never did I really think I would have to use that on a buddy," says TJ.
Mike taught TJ how to do CPR. TJ was able to use those skills to save Mike's life. It's easy to do.
"Just push on their chest, that's all you have to do. You just never know, I was the last person… next thing I know I am waking up in the hospital," says Mike.
Coming full circle for both firefighters.
It's an easy class to take, and it's a skill you will have for the rest of your life.
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