NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Well all know that firefighters are trained to save lives — sometimes it’s each others’, but sometimes it can be their own.
A longtime member of the FDNY may have been saved simply by asking that his building be equipped with a defibrillator.
For 36 years, Bill Staudt made a career of stepping into harm’s way.
“I’m a firefighter, proud to be a firefighter,” he told CBS2.
Never in a million years did he imagine it would be him who had to be saved on the job. That day came on a Thursday last September at an FDNY research and development building in Queens.
“I went back to my desk to finish a report, and as I finished I felt a burning sensation in the center of my chest,” he said. “Next thing I know it’s lights and sirens, and I’m in the back of this ambulance and I’m being taken to the hospital.”
With no warning signs, the seemingly healthy 63-year-old had gone into cardiac arrest.