MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two paramedics who treated a man who collapsed during a Thanksgiving 5K talked about how it felt to save a life Sunday. They said after years of training and experience, they are able to immediately cut off their emotions and get to work.
"Sometimes there are family members nearby and they can be emotional," said firefighter Dave Hardin. "But you don't really have time to think about emotions or how you feel at the time-- you're thinking about what you need to do to safe that person's life."
The man collapsed halfway through the Gobble Jog 5k on Thanksgiving day. As they were treating him, he went into cardiac arrest. Medically speaking he was dead for about eight minutes. The two paramedics said what saved the man was their equipment, their training, and the fact he collapsed near two paramedics and a hospital.
"It was a little bit of training, a little bit of luck," said Jeff Menard, the second paramedic.
The two men said they didn't do their jobs for recognition, they did them to help others. They said that was accomplished Thursday.
The man they saved has not been identified, but at last check Marietta Police said he was recuperating at Kennestone Hospital.