Cardiac arrest survivor thanks heroes who saved his life

Cardiac arrest survivor thanks heroes who saved his life

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - On Tuesday, March 22, at Tucson Fire Central in downtown Tucson, five people that were not wearing uniforms stood on stage in front of a packed room. They were given an award and recognized for what they did as a team to save a life - Larry Oremland's life.

Oremland spoke at the ceremony, recognizing Damien Greenwell, Diane Stuart, Gretchen Schantz, Nelson Payne and one other for what they did.

Most of the people that know what happened that day told Tucson News Now that Oremland would not be able to tell his story if it were not't for them.

"Without those five individuals to get to the point where we were able to take over, I firmly believe Larry would not have been to tell his story today," said Tucson Fire Department Captain Andy Skaggs.

Back in January, Oremland had been taking a tennis lesson at the Tucson Racquet Club when he collapsed and fell to the ground. He had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.

According to Oremland, he doesn't remember most of it because he was unconscious.  However, the five were close by and they were alert.

"I was working at the front desk, got a call from Nelson and when I ran out with the defibrillator, people were doing CPR," said Greenwell.

They worked as a team and started CPR and then someone got an AED. Within four minutes they had his heart pumping again.

"It was a humbling experience," said Stuart. "It was a matter of being at the right place at the right time and being able to have a great outcome."

Tucson Fire arrived and was able to continue care with the help of one of their new monitors bought with Prop 101 funds.

"It was definitely a team effort like Nelson said, it was very scary.It's not something we are trained to do on a daily basis like everybody here," said Schantz.

Oremland told us, some say he was clinically dead.

This event has given him a whole new outlook on life.

"I took a lot of things for granted," said Oremland and his wife Terry. "And assume that you're invincible. Found out different. And don't sweat the small stuff."

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