Man thanks first responders for saving his life

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 24, 2016) – A man got the chance to thank the firefighters and paramedics who saved him when he had an apparent seizure earlier this month.

Josh Sand and his fiancé Emily Williams wanted to express how grateful they were for the men and women at those at IFD fire station 23.

IFD Firefighter/Paramedic Kristi Hamblin says Josh and Emily were in their car on their way home from McDonalds when Josh began to have seizure like activity.

Emily, who was driving and only 300 yards from their house, pulled into the driveway and called 911. She told dispatchers that Josh wasn’t breathing.

Dispatchers told Emily to remove Josh from the car and start CPR.  She pulled him onto the driveway, removed the food from his mouth and began compressions.

The first responders arrived on scene, took over and then transported Josh to St. Francis Hospital.

Responders say Josh’s outcome looked grim, at best, but when he arrived to the hospital, he regained a pulse and blood pressure.

Several days later, Emily told the responders that Josh was alive, taken off life support and doing well. She told them they wanted to thank them for their amazing work.

The firefighters and medics say they were very grateful to meet Josh and Emily, because they don’t usually get the opportunity to follow through with a patient’s condition.

Josh, who is still in the throes of recovery, says he has no recollection of that day.

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