They're in their late seventies, been together for forty plus years. One morning, he tells her he doesn't "feel right." A few hours go by, he gets worse, then gets so dizzy he falls. She calls 911, and when she finally gets to the fire department dispatcher tells him that she needs help. He asked the nature, and she says, "my husband isn't feeling well."
The person who answered the phone has answered thousands of similar ones. He heard something and instantly knew there was more to the story. He pressed. She told him he felt dizzy, and had fallen.
The dispatcher sent the troops. Upon arrival, Engine Company 11 found a man in cardiac arrest. With Rescue 1 four minutes out, the crew confirmed pulselessness and defibrillated twice before getting a rhythm back, then a pulse. An IV was established before the rescue arrived, 02 flowing and the man breathing on his own.
He regained consciousness two days later, and his wife was right there with him when he did.
The man hand delivered a letter of thanks to the station on the first anniversary of his second chance. He's loving life like never before, he says, appreciating the chance he was given. In his words, "by you."