NC Firefighters Revive Colleague Who Suffered Heart Attack

A firefighter with the Eli Whitney (NC) Fire Department suffered a heart attack while on a call last week, but he was revived by fellow firefighters and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Times-News reports ( that Captain Tim Skinner, 50, and other rescue personnel were responding to a traffic accident call last Tuesday when the incident occurred. Skinner told a reporter that he thought the tightness he was feeling in his chest was indigestion.

When Skinner was standing in the road, he began feeling a little light-headed and then collapsed in full cardiac arrest. Skinner’s heart was shocked back to life once at the scene and three more times after he was transported to a medical center in Chapel Hill.

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