GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Four months ago, a Grants Pass man had the scariest moment of his life, when we went into cardiac arrest at the gym. Now he's meeting the man who happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Rural Metro Firefighter Jeremy George was off-duty at the time and jumped into action.
George was walking to a machine he wanted to use when he saw someone sitting on it so he moved on to another one. He says he came back a few minutes later, noticed the man was still there but wasn't moving. He started doing CPR and asked a trainer to grab an AED, which is a device that sends an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.
"We put him to the ground and I looked for a pulse and there wasn't a pulse so I initiated CPR and when we put the AED on it said shock was advised," George said.
Larry Lynch said he goes to the gym five or six times a week and he isn't exactly sure why his heart stopped. But now he's getting the chance to thank Jeremy.
"I feel like you owe somebody more than you could ever repay them," Lynch said.
He said he doesn't remember going to the gym or even being on a machine. He said it was a special moment to meet George.
"What do you say to somebody who saves your life, all the gifts and joys of every person in your daily life, your kids, your grandkids, your parents, my wife," Lynch said.
It's a thank you George said he doesn't always get the chance to hear.
"This is one of those times that we're actually truly able to help someone and they come back and thank us and to us, that's everything," George said.
Lynch wasn't the only one to say thank you.
"His whole family actually wrote me a thank you card and left it at Planet Fitness and it was very touching, it was something I didn't expect when I walked in," George said.
He said he wants others to know they don't have to be first responders to help save a life.
"I hope that people now realize you don't have to be medically trained, you can just be someone from off the street and help save someone's life," George said.
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