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Mid-South first responders honored during EMS week

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A recent heart attack victim, John Melnick, is working again, and grateful for first responders. A recent heart attack victim, John Melnick, is working again, and grateful for first responders.
Melnick said the efforts saved his life. Melnick said the efforts saved his life.
Many Mid-South first responders are being honored for the life-saving work they do. Many Mid-South first responders are being honored for the life-saving work they do.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Many Mid-South first responders are being honored for the life-saving work they do during national EMS week.

A recent heart attack victim, John Melnick, is working again, and grateful for first responders. He looks different from in July when he was sprawled out on the floor at his employer, a car dealership, suffering from a heart attack.

"Just glad to be alive every morning when I wake up," he said. "They just said my arteries were blocked going into my heart."

Melnick said Stephen Ross, a co-worker at his job, started CPR compressions. Shortly after those compressions, paramedics Jeff Mayer and Bruce Good arrived with the special equipment that put Melnick's heart in rhythm again.

"The engine company had ID access going. So we shocked him with our cardiac monitor, resumed CPR, and started pushing some cardiac drugs that are in our protocol," said Melnick.

Melnick said the efforts saved his life.

"Absolutely, absolutely grateful to the gentleman. I worked with Stephen Ross, and then the paramedics. They got here, and it's just, so, everything was timed perfectly [is] what they tell me," he said.

Melnick said he and his family will be present Monday when paramedics and other firefighters are honored at the 2013 EMS celebration. The event's goal is to honor the many men and women who have dedicated their lives to saving lives.

Although, many firefighters said it is all in a day's work.

"Don't feel like a hero. It's just the service that we provide. We're very fortunate that he was blessed to stay alive it doesn't always happen," said Good.

As for Melnick he said his experience with a heart attack is something he will never forget.

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