The man who nearly died of a heart attack at this year's Dragon Boat Festival personally thanked the first responders who saved his life today. Tim Peters suffered the massive heart attack after completing at race. He was treated on-scene by event paramedics and members of the SFD's own dragon boat team. Peter says words can't express what their help means to him.
"Everyone's efforts did more than save my physical life," Peters said. "They saved my emotional life, as well. It restored my faith in others. It restored my faith in myself and that life was worth living. What happened on that river and dock was no small matter. It was a miracle."
SFD says, according to medical statistics, heart attack victims have a 90 percent higher chance of survival, if they receive treatment within 60 seconds of arrest.