Knoxville firefighter released from hospital after heart attack

Knoxville firefighter released from hospital after suffering heart attack

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It was the moment Knoxville firefighters were waiting for when Captain Mark Lacey was discharged from the hospital after spending the last 18 days recovering. It was the moment Knoxville firefighters were waiting for when Captain Mark Lacey was discharged from the hospital after spending the last 18 days recovering.
Firefighters lined the route from UT Medical Center all the way to Station 16, saluting Captain Lacey on his road to recovery. Firefighters lined the route from UT Medical Center all the way to Station 16, saluting Captain Lacey on his road to recovery.
Members of the Knoxville Fire Department are glad Captain Lacey is back where he belongs. Members of the Knoxville Fire Department are glad Captain Lacey is back where he belongs.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A welcome home celebration was held Friday for a Knoxville firefighter who suffered a heart attack on the job.

Captain Mark Lacey, 47, was among several firefighters battling a house fire on New Year's Eve when he suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized until Friday.

It was the moment Knoxville firefighters were waiting for when Captain Lacey was discharged from the hospital after spending the last 18 days getting better.

"He came as close to dying as you could come. I mean they brought him back in the ambulance a couple of times," said Captain D.J. Corcoran.

Captain Lacey collapsed while fighting the flames in a house fire on Dandyline Drive, suffering a heart attack.

"It was just like one of your brothers going down, and the emotions are there just the same. And then having to perform CPR on him is stressful as well," said firefighter Greg Sauceman.

That's why seeing their brother on Friday meant so much more. "It's amazing to see God work in the way he did, using us as tools," added Sauceman.

Firefighters lined the route from UT Medical Center all the way to Station 16, saluting Captain Lacey on his road to recovery.

"This is just our way of letting him know that he's loved and respected," added Corcoran.

They paused to pray for the 20-year veteran of the Knoxville Fire Department, thankful that he's right back where he belongs.

"We brought him back today and he took his seat in the Captain's seat where he was that night. It was our way of saying you still got it man and we're still there," said Corcoran.

It's not yet clear when Captain Lacey will be able to officially be back to work. The department is taking it day by day because he's still recovering.

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