Heart attack survivor becomes EMT to help others

(WHO) An Iowa man who was having a heart attack was saved by the quick actions of an e-m-t.

Now, four years later, that man is studying to become an emergency responder and he's being trained by the woman who saved his life.

After countless questions and weeks of studying to become a volunteer e-m-t Clint Bennethum gets to take his nose out of the textbooks and into an ambulance.

He's learning the basics from Jennifer Vetterick.

But it isn't the first time these two have been in an ambulance together t's where they first met four years ago when Bennethum went into cardiac arrest.

"Things went flying on the back of the ambulance and we put different patches on him and we started CPR and basically got into the trauma bay as quickly as we could," Vetterick said.

"Later that night when i woke up in the hospital it was quite a shock," said Bennethum.

That shock gave him a new purpose in life.

Now four years later, and 60 pounds lighter Bennethum`s back.

"When we checked in the truck this morning he was like, well it`s interesting to see it from this perspective and not laying on your cot," said Vetterick.

"There`s a reason I`m still here. So i guess I`ll find out what that reason is down the road at some point," Bennethum said.

And a purpose that he may discover before class is even dismissed.

During that training session they got a call to help a patient struggling to breathe.

That patient made it to the hospital safely, and the EMT said her trainee handled the situation like a pro.


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