Heart attack survivor treats firefighters to dinner after they save his life

Posted at 12:17 AM, Dec 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-28 11:47:23-05

HENRICO, Va. (WTVR) –A VDOT contractor stopped by Henrico Fire Station 3 on Friday with dinner as a way to thank the firefighters whose quick thinking saved his life.

Early on Sunday morning December 1 John Parker, a contractor, was securing the scene of a traffic accident by placing traffic barriers to keep first responders safe while they responded on scene.

When Parker collapsed a Henrico Police officer noticed and immediately called for the assistance of the firefighters.  When the firefighter reached Parker he was in cardiac arrest.

Lt. Ed Wood immediately started CPR and used the defibrillator to shock Parker’s heart, and after two minutes Parker regained a pulse.  He was immediately taken to VCU Medical.

By the time the ambulance crew was ready to leave the hospital Parker was sitting up and thanking the crew for everything they had done.

In gratitude Parker stopped by Henrico Fire Station 3 to visit with the crew that saved his life 26 days ago, and provided the crew with dinner to say thank you.

Parker expressed thanks that he was alive to celebrate Christmas with his family. He also  stressed the importance of knowing CPR.