Cardiac arrest survivor thanks Rural Metro firemen who saved his life

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) 0 A local man met face to face Sunday afternoon with the firemen who saved his life. 

Back in February, Jerry Morton went into cardiac arrest. His wife Amy started chest compressions. Then Rural Metro firefighters pulled up and took over. 

WATE 6 On Your Side’s Elizabeth Kuebel was there Sunday as Jerry and his family reunited with first responders to deliver a big “thank you.”

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As Amy stands by her husband’s side, she’s thankful she can. She’s filled with appreciation and awe, she says, for the firefighters who saved his life.

“I don’t think he’d be here without their quick response. We almost lost him, and if it weren’t for them, he wouldn’t have had a chance. I’ve still got my husband and she’s still got her daddy,” Amy said.

Amy showed her gratitude in a handwritten thank you card, but this is the first time the Morton family is able to reconnect with the firemen in person.

“Our services are always appreciated by the community, and we get told that often, but it’s not often that a survivor of an event like this comes back to see us,” said firefighter Gage Seymour. 

Jerry went into cardiac arrest at his home in Strawberry Plains. His wife immediately sprung into action – starting chest compressions, then dialing 911. 

“I’ve had CPR training a few times in my life, but most recently it was because my employer sponsored our entire office to get certified. Having that confidence in going into this helped me remain calm,” said Amy.

First responders at Station 26 agree. In fact, they say Amy’s actions were vital. 

“Get trained in CPR, this is a living reason why you should do it,” said firefighter Billy Winship. 

And on this special reunion, Jerry is clearly grateful. He was unable to speak to us without getting emotional.

“I want to thank them for the sacrifices that they’ve made, for all the training that they go through, and the time spent away from their families. And the schooling and just the dedication to their community doesn’t go unnoticed,” said Amy.

Sunday also marks the start of National EMS Week.

Rural Metro is partnering with AMR and the Knoxville Fire Department to host several CPR classes. To see the dates and times, click here

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