MEMPHIS, TN- (WMC-TV) - Many Mid-South first responders are being honored for the life-saving work they do during national EMS week.
A recent heart attack victim, John Melnick, is working again, and grateful for first responders. He looks different from in July when he was sprawled out on the floor at his employer, a car dealership, suffering from a heart attack.
"Just glad to be alive every morning when I wake up," he said. "They just said my arteries were blocked going into my heart."
Melnick said Stephen Ross, a co-worker at his job, started CPR compressions. Shortly after those compressions, paramedics Jeff Mayer and Bruce Good arrived with the special equipment that put Melnick's heart in rhythm again.
"The engine company had ID access going. So we shocked him with our cardiac monitor, resumed CPR, and started pushing some cardiac drugs that are in our protocol," said Melnick.
Melnick said the efforts saved his life.