(Seguin) -- Until Friday morning, details about April 24, 2016 weren't very clear for Seguin resident Mark Wilson. Wilson, who suffered a massive heart attack at his home that day, got to thank the Seguin Fire/EMS personnel who came to his rescue -- literally giving him another chance at life.
Offering up some of the details with Wilson about that day and officially meeting him at Fire Station No. 3 at State Highway 123 Bypass was the same crew who came to his rescue.
Paramedic Geoffrey Martinez says in situations where a life is at risk, it's not too difficult to remember the details of that event.
"It was a standard call for us. We responded from the station. It was a quick drive over there, maybe three, four minutes. Once we got there, went up the stairs, we found Mr. Wilson in his living room and his family was there. We immediately started CPR and pretty much went through our protocols on how to handle that. Everybody did their part and fortunately, we had a positive outcome at the end. Seguin PD was also on scene. They helped us move him once we got pulses and he started breathing on his own. Seguin PD helped us move him to our ambulance. Once we got to the medic unit, we did a few more things before finally taking him to the hospital -- a good outcome and everybody did a good job," said Martinez.
As for Wilson, he appreciates meeting up with these men. He says luckily for him, they were exactly what he needed that day.
"I don't remember the whole weekend now. We went to a barbecue on Saturday. It was Sunday just before noon. My wife said I stepped outside for a moment. When I came back in, I sat down. She said I was coughing. I just fell off the couch and onto the floor. She yelled out the door. Everybody was outside in the apartment complex. The people down below -- we know them very well -- they came up and made the phone call because she was so shaken up she got confused. I'm glad that we had neighbors that could get EMS over there as quickly as they did," said Wilson.
Wilson says the heart attack left him with weeks of recovery.
"I spent a month in the hospital. It was almost three weeks in ICU. It was a massive heart attack. I believe they had to put a stent in my heart to open the artery back up. Then, they sent me out to Warm Springs and now I'm at work. I've been back at work for two weeks now," said Wilson.
Now that his life has returned to normal, Wilson is thankful to meet each of the emergency team members in person. He says the best part of that day is that they were no longer strangers.
"It meant the most to me when the battalion chief called me. I was surprised because I didn't expect (it). In fact, I was trying to figure out a way to get a hold of these guys. I was going to come down here, but I didn't know exactly who to talk to or how to do it. Then he called me. I jumped on the opportunity to meet these guys. I'm so glad they had the time to meet me and care enough to meet me. It means the world to me. I owe my life to them. If there's anything I can do for them, give me a call. I'll be glad to help out anyway I can. They're friends of mine now. I just want them to know that we do care. We are glad they are here and really appreciate it. I just want to make sure they know that," said Wilson.
Battalion Chief Rusty Krueger says it's not always that Seguin Fire/EMS crews get to follow up with their patients. However, he says when there is an opportunity, they'll be sure to take it.
"I wouldn't call it standard, but we like to follow up on the outcomes of our patients especially, when it's a life event. We don't always because of HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws. We don't always reach these people, but in this case, we were able to. So I actually called Mr. Wilson personally just to check on him. He actually answered the phone. So that was awesome. It's obviously a great outcome," said Krueger.
Martinez says it's great to be able to meet up with those who you have encountered along the way. He says, in the end, it's why they do their job.
"It means a lot. This is a first for me. We don't always get to meet those people we work on, the people we save. So I appreciate Mr. Wilson coming over here just to say 'thank you.' It really means a lot, all the hard work and training that we do with each other -- that we do on our own. It pays off. This is a good example of it. It means a lot," said Martinez.
Also on hand to meet with Wilson were Seguin Fire Fighters and Paramedics Joseph Blahnik; Ronnie Dill, Jeff Kirkpatrick and Ruben Rodriguez.