A man surprises Sarasota County firefighters months after they saved his life

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — North Port firefighters were in for a clueless surprise Friday when a man stopped by to meet the firefighters and thank them for saving his life.

Back on April 1, firefighters responded to a cardiac arrest call to find an unresponsive man with no pulse.

Firefighters were able to revive him and the man was taken to a nearby emergency room, where he made a full recovery.

Four months later, the special visitor is now walking with a walking stick with a “new attitude towards life”.

“It meant the world to those firefighters to meet him,” the department said in one social media post. “North Port Fire Rescue have a high success rate in returning spontaneous circulation (ROSC), but they rarely meet anyone they’ve helped after the fact.”


The man brought over a cake and visited the staff who saved his life.

“Thank you for saving my life,” the cake read.

The team thanked him for coming and invited him to visit anytime.

Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: LauraCoffey@worldtimetodays.com.

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