EMSA paramedics save one of their own from ‘widow-maker’

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MUSTANG, Okla. - EMSA medics respond to thousands of emergencies each year and are known for saving lives.

Recently, paramedics needed to save one of their own.

"I started having chest pains in the upper part of my chest and it wasn't going away," said Jim McClung.

McClung is an EMSA medic and lives less than a mile from the Mustang Fire Department.

The 48-year-old raced to station, seeking help for a failing heart.

"By the time we find him, he's on his knees in the grass," said Greg Ford, an EMSA medic.

Ford and Josh Moore, a firefighter with the Mustang Fire Department, worked in tandem to save one of their own.

"He did die on us. Thank goodness, on the way to the hospital we did get him back," said Moore.

However, the odds of survival were low.

McClung was suffering from a massive blockage in the main artery to his heart.

"The look on the EKG that we do, they call it a widow-maker. It's called a widow-maker for a reason. You don't survive them. I've not had one that's ever made it to the ICU," said Ford.

Despite that, Ford was not about to lose his friend.

"He made the comment to me, he said, 'I'm going to die,' and I said, 'Not in the back of my truck you're not," Ford said.

For 20 minutes, the pair worked and won.

McClung was delivered to the emergency room alive.

"I'm supposed to be doing the saving, not the one being saved," McClung said.

He says he is eager to get back to work and do for others what these heroes did for him.

"I'm very happy to be here. It's a second chance at life. I'm going to take full advantage of it and go out and, hopefully, do some great things," he said.

McClung says he was a heavy smoker and that may have contributed to his heart attack.

If you experience an emergency, call 911 and let the professionals come to you.

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