ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Patients who have suffered cardiac arrest in St. Johns County got to meet the St. Johns County Fire Rescue crews who helped save their lives.
"He made a long putt, started to walk down the hill toward his ball and fell over," said Preston Jones.
Jones and his golf buddies were on the 18th hole when Stephen Giambra collapsed.
"Once we realized it was pretty critical, we started CPR," Jones said.
His friends performed CPR until a portable AED arrived, then the paramedics.
Today, Giambra and other survivors got to thank the SJCFR crews who saved their lives.
"I call them my angels and my heroes," Giambra said.
Melissa Mezick was in here home when she went into cardiac arrest.
"It's overwhelming really, it really is," said Mezick.
Paul Apfelbach was her angel.
"Very, very emotional. I mean, looking at people who were there to help save your life is pretty wild," Mezick said.
"Can I have another hug?"
Christina Bentley was one of those who responded to Giambra's call.
She said the event is just as exciting for the paramedics.
"We don't usually get the positive outcomes or we don't get to hear what happens to people," Bentley said.
Giambra knows the importance of the CPR that saved his life. The former New Jersey CPR instructor said he wouldn't be alive without his friends or the paramedics quick action.
"I'm blessed because I could have been reading the paper alone. I would not have had the help but I'm here for a reason and I'm very blessed," Giambra said.
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