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Survivor comes to fire station to meet heroes that saved his life
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Survivor comes to fire station to meet heroes that saved his life

Seminole, Florida -- On Monday May 20, East Lake resident Charles Laughlin, 66, called his wife who was at their daughter's house in Seminole to say he thought he was having a heart attack. Their daughter Michelle's instincts took over.  Michelle Keglor, a Registered Nurse, had her daughter call 9-1-1 and stayed on the phone with her father until East Lake Fire Rescue paramedics arrived.

On their arrival, the crew from Station 56 started evaluation and treatment of Mr. Laughlin, who was complaining of chest pains.  He then became unresponsive, and stopped breathing. The crew recognized on their monitor / defibrillator that his heart had lapsed into a deadly rhythm. The crew began CPR immediately and used their defibrillator to restore his heartbeat and pulse. The crew then provided medication to keep his heart from returning to a lethal rhythm.

With his daughter keeping him focused and the quick response and action of the East Lake Fire Department, Mr. Laughlin was transported to the hospital where he underwent an emergency heart catheterization. He was released on Wednesday May 22 and is home recovering.  Mr. Laughlin said the East Lake crew "did their job perfectly and professionally," and it is "because of them that I am here." He is now able to attend his granddaughter's upcoming graduation.

On Tuesday May 28 at 6:30 pm, Mr. Laughlin along his wife and family attended the East Lake Fire Rescue's Board of Commissioners Meeting to publicly thank the crew that saved his life.

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